Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Just One Year!
Dear STEM Educator,
Are you frustrated because you have excellent STEM classes and programs but few, if any, female students?
If you're like me, you have a PASSION for ensuring that every woman and girl feels empowered to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
But, the reality is, the percentage of female students choosing STEM in the United States is going down. And even when they choose STEM majors, ⅓ to ½ transfer out.
Many educators who really, sincerely want to have more female students are held back by popular but ineffective gender equity outreach and retention methods that, simply put, don't work.
If you're like most of the educators I work with, you have
extraordinary STEM programs but you're struggling to recruit and retain more women in STEM....
You're confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs
You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient
You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out
Your male retention rate also needs improvement
If this sounds familiar, I want to help you break through to finally enroll more women in STEM—AND retain them (while improving male retention rates, as well).
I've dedicated my entire career to helping educational institutions have actual increases in female enrollment and retention.
As the Principal Investigator of 5 National Science Foundation grants, I've worked intensively with schools—boots on the ground—to develop the strategies and system that help educators enroll up to 25-50% female students in STEM classes.
My NSF-funded CalWomenTech Project was highlighted by the National Science Foundation for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
After 30 years of service in the field, I've "cracked the code" and developed a 20 point system (8 points for recruitment and 12 points for retention) that provides numerical results in about one year—not just the hope of eventual change 5-10 years down the road that nobody can measure.
I've developed Recruitment and Retention Plan templates based on my 20 point system that requires you to use the plan elements which have resulted in success for so many of our past WomenTech Educators Training participants. I've even created templated personal encouragement and welcoming conversation guides.
I know busy educators don't have time to figure this out all by themselves. That's why I developed rich supplementary online resources that range from examples of women in STEM recruitment videos, to a tested NSF-based spatial reasoning curricula that improves retention.
I love being able to make such a big impact on STEM classrooms around the country, and in turn on the lives of women and girls who have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
So in case you're not convinced that you really can improve recruitment and retention of your female students in your teaching lifetime, here are some of the results of past participants in our WomenTech Educators Training.
This NSF-funded Online Training is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).
It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.
Read about the transformation of the STEM classrooms by our past WomenTech Educators Training participants.
Pam Silvers, Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, NC, credits the live WomenTech Educators Training she attended with changing her approach to female enrollment and helping her to nearly double the female students in her STEM program from 39 to 72.
"Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."
~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, City College of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA
"Before [attending the WomenTech Educators training] I had a lot more success retaining women in my database class than in my introductory programming classes -- actually I wasn't retaining any women in my introductory programming classes. They were all dropping. That was a big win for me, that I had an increase in retention of females in my introductory programming courses."
~ Barbara DuFrain, Associate Professor, CS, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, increased female enrollment in her introductory programming courses by 62% and female and male completion by 45%.
"Completely made me re-evaluate the approach that we have been taking. I realized the many mistakes and plan to make changes that I learned from the training. Great information!"
~ Hector Yanez, Department Chair/CADD Manager of Computer Drafting and Design Technology, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.
Learn the best practices that can increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% and improve female and male completion by 45%.
The WomenTech Educators Online Training includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 30 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy to access format that packs in as much information as possible.
Over the course of the online training, your team will be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. Your team will walk away with Recruitment and Retention Action Plans that you will customize to your school. No matter how busy you are, you should set aside the time for this investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your STEM programs and classes.
Here's an overview of what your team is going to learn in my WomenTech Educators Online Training!
Top 4 Reasons to Attend This Event Now...
1. Receive my WomenTech Educators Training in a convenient, online format.
Educators love my live trainings, but scheduling and capacity limitations have meant that some educators have not been able to have access to my valuable system. With my new Online Training, educators around the country can join in—and you can leave the luggage at home!
2. Take away valuable templates and strategies you can share with other educators.
My WomenTech Educators Training is designed to be actionable, because I want to see educators be able to create lasting change for female STEM students in their classes and programs. You'll leave the training equipped with Recruitment and Retention Action Plans, personal encouragement and welcoming conversation scripts, and other strategies that can benefit your entire department, in the coming academic year and beyond.
3. Maximize your learning while saving on travel.
While I love to welcome STEM educators to the Bay Area for my live trainings, travel can be a major issue when it comes to planning and departmental budgets. No longer. This is an online training you do on your schedule—not a conference that has you spending as much time at the airport as you will in the lecture hall.
4. Learn the strategies that will help you recruit and retain more women in STEM!
The strategies I'll be sharing in the WomenTech Educators Online Training have empowered educators across the country to measurably increase the number of women in their STEM classes. If you've ever wanted to take the opportunity to engage in one of our trainings, now is the time.
"Sounds great Donna! But what if I'm not ready?"
Don't worry—my WomenTech Educators Program is easy to follow and I will personally lead you through it over the course of the WomenTech Educators Online Training! If you are a STEM educator dissatisfied with the number of female students in your classes and programs, that is all it takes to be "ready" for my Online Training—I'll be there to teach you everything else.
Over the past 2 decades, since I founded the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), I've helped educators who feel like they've tried everything and educators who don't know where to begin. No matter where you stand, every classroom can benefit from the proven strategies for recruiting and retaining more women in STEM that I will be sharing in the WomenTech Educators Online Training.
"I'm a male educator. Is the Online Training right for me?"
Yes! My online training is a great fit for anyone who is involved in teaching STEM, male or female, especially at the community college level! We've had many male educators come through our WomenTech Educators Training and achieve excellent results. In fact, the majority of STEM educators are male, and I have done this training in the past with 100% male attendees. My WomenTech Educators Online Training is open to all—the only thing we're focused on is laying the foundation for truly impactful change across your STEM programs.
"What if I'm too busy to attend?"
I know educators like you have busy schedules! That’s why I’ve packed as much value as possible into these 12 weeks. I’ve even cut out travel time (and costs!) by making the WomenTech Educators Training entirely online.
I know it’s easy to get stuck in a busy cycle. But if you don’t do anything different, your results will stay the same. If you’re dissatisfied with your enrollment numbers, this online training is the perfect opportunity to have the kinds of results in your own program that you’ve been hearing about. Plus, the training is asynchronous so you and your team can work on your own schedule. Take the first step toward increasing recruitment and retention of female (and male!) students in your classes and programs.
"What will my team 'get' out of the
WomenTech Educators Online Training?"
The WomenTech Educators Online Training contains 8 hours of content on recruitment and 8 hours of content on retention. You'll receive my WomenTech Educators accompanying handouts, Recruitment and Retention Plan templates, personalized feedback, with the opportunity to get questions answered by me personally in live question and answer calls to help you develop a plan to meet your goals and have actual increases. At the conclusion of my Online Training, you'll have the tools to put in place proven strategies that can help your STEM programs succeed, and help more female (and male) students along to fulfilling STEM careers.
Are you ready to...
- Adopt a program-wide "female-friendly" recruitment approach
- Communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
- Identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
- Make female students feel welcome in the classroom (and learn what not to do)
- Bolster the confidence of your STEM students to ensure success
- Help your female students be successful in the lab
- Teach the building block skills that help to close the experience gap
- Share with other faculty how to teach to female learning style
- Connect with female role models & create community
- Partner with faculty, administrators, student services, and others to work together and boost STEM retention
- Develop a leadership team and employ them effectively
Keep your team and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in STEM. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.
Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:
Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)
This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.
STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography ($35 value)
We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.
Who is eligible?
College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Project and/or Center. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.
How much does it cost?
This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded National Online WomenTech Project. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the Online Learning Community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.
What's expected of my team?
- Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Training Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 12-week online training, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are team Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
- Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private Online Learning Community.
- Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
- Posting successes and challenges in the Online Learning Community, and responding to the posts of others.
- Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).
Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Training Instructor.
In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:
✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
You Will Take Away:
The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.
This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to get access details for the webinar, so you can watch it at your convenience and share it with potential team members.
This NSF-funded Online Training is free to ATE grantees and
The WomenTech Educators Online Training is an investment that can transform the way you recruit women to STEM and increase the number of women in your STEM classes.
The program and our gifts provide value that can be applied to your STEM classes for semesters to come.
I want you to have the tools you need to tackle the problems facing female STEM students at your institution. Remember, each and every one of you is part of the Women and STEM solution.
Join me for my WomenTech Educators Online Training and let's achieve more STEM Success for Women!
I look forward to providing you with proven strategies and celebrating STEM Success for Women with you!
Executive Director, The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science
P.S. - Without evidence-based strategies, it's difficult to achieve gender diversity at your educational institution. Learn how to recruit and retain more women in STEM during my WomenTech Educators Online Training!
Here are just some of our past ATE clients:
- Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
- Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
- South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
- Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
- Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
- Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
- Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
- Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program spaces available.
This NSF-funded Online Training program is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).
The National Online WomenTech Project is funded by The Advanced Technological Education Program from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1400531