LOWELL – On Wednesday, November 6, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), joined Kids in Tech to speak on her experience as a tech executive and learn about the Kids in Tech STEM afterschool programming at Coalition for a Better Acre.
“As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, and as a former tech professional I’m so impressed by programs like Kids in Tech, and their mission of making STEM education more accessible to students in our district,” said Congresswoman Lori Trahan. “It’s vital that we show our kids that tech careers are in their reach, especially since we know that implementing STEM education early on leads to great paying jobs that are right here in our own backyard.”
The students shared with the Congresswoman what they’ve done so far in Tech Club, including building their own computers. They were excited to ask questions about Congress and what her job entails, including traveling to Washington D.C. on behalf of the district.
“Hearing Congresswoman Trahan speak to the kids about being a woman pioneering tech leadership roles was exactly the type of encouragement we are looking to provide the students,” said Olu Ibrahim, founder of Kids in Tech. “As a product of immigrants raised right here in Lowell she is the perfect example to show our future generation that nothing is out of reach if they work hard.
Congresswoman Lori Trahan is a Lowell High graduate, businesswoman and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district, having been elected in November 2018. The district she serves is the Merrimack Valley which includes Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill. Prior to taking office, Trahan worked in the private sector as the only female executive at a tech company before moving on to cofound a woman owned and operated consulting firm where she advised various companies on business strategy, how to create the conditions for employees – especially women – to thrive.