Save travel time and money when you attend the NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program from the comfort of your own desk.

NSF-Funded Online Training Starts
June 8, 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: May 22, 2015

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

In this video, your trainer, Donna Milgram, shares one technique you can employ in your lab right away to help you teach to female learning styles:

Watch this short video to learn one of the top strategies that surveyed female students reported helped them succeed in their STEM programs.

What Educators Are Saying
About the Training


84% Knowledge Increase Online Training Chart
Source: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training, April 2012. External evaluator’s report to the
National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project, March 2013.

You Will Learn:

Training Participant

Attend the WomenTech Educators Training from the comfort of your own desk.

Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment

✓ Top 3 recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide “female friendly” recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort

Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture

✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable examples of successful STEM programs

Strategies to Keep STEM Students on Course & Improve Graduation Rates

✓ How to make female students feel welcome and what not to do
✓ Ways to bolster confidence in STEM students to ensure success
✓ Strategies to help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Building block skills to help close the experience gap

Addressing the STEM Challenge: Appeal to Women Who Aren't Excited by STEM

✓ How faculty can teach to female learning styles
✓ How to connect students with female role models & creating community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know

Build a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success

✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

You Will Take Away:

  1. An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  2. A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester.
  3. The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action, right away.
  4. Plus: A certificate of completion and the option for a unit of continuing education credit from Fresno Pacific University.

Continuing Education Credit:

Fresno Pacific University is offering one unit of continuing education credit to training participants! Note: You can sign up for the continuing education credit starting four weeks in advance of training.

Schedule/Time Required:

Time period:1-week orientation starts June 8, 2015 then 5 weeks on recruitment (June 15-July 19), a 1-week break in the middle, and 5 weeks on retention (July 27-August 30).
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 July 13 and August 24.
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 4-6 members
  • Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project

Visual Overview of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program


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 Training Instructor.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators training 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 receive access to our webinar recording.


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

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

Keep online program participants 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 two most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

 You will receive:

➤ 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 training. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, share input from other participants, 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 program will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online course and learning community in Canvas 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!”

About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram


Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her November 2011 cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine.  The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website in April 2012 and the Community College Times in May 2012.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.


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


NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program Application:

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 4-6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project. See above for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.


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 is the #1 benefit to participating? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Training Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 4-6 educators at your college, without incurring any travel costs.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this asynchronous training combined with two live Q&A calls (all calls recorded and archived).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.
  9. Continuing education credit: Fresno Pacific University is offering one unit of continuing education credit to training participants.

What's expected of your team:

  • Taking part in the 12-week WomenTech Educators Online Training as a team of 4-6 members from your college (includes 1-week orientation and 1-week break in the middle).
  • Developing a Recruitment and a Retention Plan as a team for the targeted program, posting the plans in a private online learning community, and attending a live Plan Feedback Tele-Call provided by your trainer, Donna Milgram.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place after the online training ends, and presenting the team’s implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting your successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities.

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 - Watch our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar by clicking here or accessing it from our application. 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 4-6 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 May 22, 2015 deadline - (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] (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)

Note: 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] 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] or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Program spaces available.


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

What Educators Are Saying About the Training:


"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educator’s online training, we created additional open lab time for them, realizing they may need extra time to develop hands-on skills in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Two months into the course they are still with us. I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years."

~ Van Madray, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC


"Attending the WomenTech Educators training was the best decision I have made in a long time! During the training, I developed a recruitment and retention plan for one of the CIS programs. This is not a training where you consider doing “something” when you get back to your office, you are actually developing and obtaining feedback from other colleagues on what they have done and how you can improve your plan before implementation! Plus, I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."

~ Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX


"The training was time well spent. It was such a minimal amount of time to get so many concrete implementable strategies. The WomenTech Educators Online Training gives you the most for your money—you can implement the tools immediately with minimal resources and see true quantitative results!"

~ Phyllis Baca, Director of STEM Initiatives, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM


"The WomenTech Educators Online Training has the potential to change the way you view your program. Important data is presented with passion and humor. I want you to know I have gained a great deal from the course. By the time you have a graduate degree and have worked in education for decades, most "professional development" is repetitive. I can honestly say that you have given me much to think about and that it will result in changes to my approach to course development.""

~ Lauran Sattler, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, Ivy Tech Community College, President's Award for Instructional Excellence 2007, Warsaw, IN


"The online training was very manageable because it was asynchronous. I'm always teaching an overload, but you watch the training videos at your leisure, and participate as you're able. Because of that I was able to integrate the training into my very busy schedule."

~ Cynthia V. Marcello, DM/IST, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY


"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the recruitment and retention plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

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 Program spaces available.


This NSF-funded 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