Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Just One Year!

NSF-Funded Online Training

Starts February 15, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

This NSF-funded program is FREE for teams of 6 community college STEM educators connected with an ATE Project/Center. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

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This NSF-funded Online Training is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

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.

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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. 

AAUW NSFBootcampImageI'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.

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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!

"What Your Team Will Learn"

Part 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • TAKEAWAY: Create a Recruitment Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Part 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students

  • TAKEAWAY: Create a Retention Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

Your team will develop:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)



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
Schedule/Time Required:

Time period:1-week orientation starts February 15, 2016 then 5 weeks on recruitment (Feb 22 - March 27), a 1-week break in the middle, and 5 weeks on retention (April 4 - May 8).
Hours required: About 2-3 hours per week. This can include the time to start implementing your team's plan and seeing results, even while the training is happening!
Training format: Presentations, handouts & exercises online, available to watch and complete at your convenience each week.
Live question and answer training calls the weeks of March 21 and May 2.
Exclusive online community forum to connect with other training participants.
After the training: Follow-up support includes live calls with your trainer, Donna Milgram, on plan development and implementation.
Archives: All calls and sessions are recorded and archived.


Who Should Attend:

  • 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 Center or Project

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After the WomenTech Educators Online Training Program: Follow-Up Support

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.

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the online training. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online training will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our Online Learning Community is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our Community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our Online Community is, "We can do it!"



Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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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.




NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training FAQs:

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).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams! (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the January 15, 2016 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJPZFKM (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor. If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.)

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.


Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Training Application

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.

Fill out the short Intent to Apply form to get a link to watch the webinar at your convenience.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

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.

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This NSF-funded Online Training is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).


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!



Donna Milgram
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.

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This NSF-funded Online Training program is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

nsflogoThe National Online WomenTech Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1400531

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