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The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1978 and is one of the first professional organizations for women in computing. AWC is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the computing professions. Our members include many types of computer professionals, such as programmers, system analysts, operators, technical writers, Internet specialists, trainers and consultants. The purpose of AWC is to provide opportunities for professional growth through networking and through programs on technical and career-oriented topics. AWC encourages high standards of competence and promotes a professional attitude among its members. We are governed by a board of directors representing all of the local chapters. The Association for Women in Computing supports and encourages networking both in person and via the internet. AWC encourages the formation of student chapters at colleges and universities. AWC has chapters nationwide, as well as independent members. Independent membership is for professionals, in the United States and abroad, who find it physically or geographically impossible to attend chapter meetings. It provides many of the same chapter benefits over the Internet and through mailings. AWC is a constituent society member of the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP) and adheres to its code of ethics.
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