Save travel time and money when you attend the NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training from the comfort of your own desk.
NSF-Funded Online Training
Free for Community College
STEM Educators (a $450 value)
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 was highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.
This fellowship is free for teams of 4-8 community college STEM educators. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Project or Center. The 2015 dates will be announced shortly. Sign up to be notified when the application opens.
In this video, your trainer, Donna Milgram, shares an "Ah-ha" moment about helping female students succeed in STEM classes:
Watch this short video to learn how improving students' STEM building block skills in one particular area resulted in 29% more women being retained in an engineering program.
▸ What Educators Are Saying
About the Training
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.
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 flyer (PDF) to share with others in your institution.
You Will Take Away:
- An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
- 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.
Time period: 2015 training start date to be determined. 5 weeks for recruitment training, followed by 5 weeks on retention.
Time 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 call in Weeks 5 and 10.
Exclusive online community forum to connect with other training participants.
After the training: Follow-up support includes 4-5 Plan Development Telecalls of 1-hour each to get personalized feedback on your plans.
Archives: All calls and sessions recorded and archived.
Who Should Apply:
Teams made up of 4-8 administrators, professors, instructors, counseling and outreach staff at two-year colleges from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in which women are underrepresented. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early. Preference will be given to applicants connected with an ATE Project or Center.
Here are just some of our past ATE clients:
- Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing
- Midwest Center for Information Technology, AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
- South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
- Convergence Technology Center, Frisco, TX
- Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center, Baltimore, MD
- Nevada Information Technology Education, Community College of Southern Nevada
- Center for the Advancement of Process Technology, Mainland College, Texas City, TX
- Diversity in Engineering Technology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
This fellowship 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 Educators 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, 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, Texas
"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 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. The Support and Strategy calls were very valuable. By listening to colleagues, and hearing their plans and ideas, I was able to see things from their points of view and get ideas from their strategies."
~ Dr. Cynthia V. Marcello, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY
"I learned a lot of new methods and perspectives on retention I did not have before and I've already started making changes on how I do things here at my school! The WomenTech Educators Online Training was a content-filled and highly informative training program."
~ Antigone Sharris, Full-time Faculty & Program Coordinator, Engineering Technology Program, Triton College, River Grove, IL
|Attend the Online Training in a Team:
- The more people you can train in your department, region, or state, the more likely you are to see significant increases in female students, as well as lasting institutional change.
- Get significant value: You can reach a large number of educators, without incurring any travel costs.
- Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this weekly, self-paced training combined with two live Q&A calls that are recorded and archived and an online learning community.
- Your group 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 group.
- You'll have the opportunity to pair up with practice partners in your group to work on your welcoming conversations, your personal encouragement conversations, and on modifying the curriculum with others in your program area.
- Our training encourages pairing and teamwork that facilitate cross-departmental relationships, providing benefits that go far beyond the training itself.
Who Should Be on Your Team:
Your team will be the most effective if it includes a variety of stakeholders from your college dedicated to increasing the number of female students in the targeted STEM program(s). Teams should have between 4-8 members. Ideally, a dean, department chair, technology center director, or Principal Investigator (PI) of an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) grant will act as key leader and an instructor from the targeted program will act as co-leader.
Recommended core team members:
- Dean or Chair of the Department of the targeted program;
- Director of the Technology Center (or equivalent if applicable);
- Principal Investigator of the ATE grant (if applicable);
- Minimum of two instructors in targeted technology courses, with one being an adjunct if possible (highly recommended);
- If you have math prerequisites for core targeted courses, a math administrator.
Other potential team members could include counselors, advisors, outreach coordinators, learning center staff, representatives from feeder high school(s) or job training programs, and other key stakeholders. The NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training includes additional guidance on forming and working with a Women in STEM Leadership Team.
The more educators who are trained, in your school, the more effective you will be!
After the WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship: Follow-Up Support
Keep fellowship 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:
You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live group 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 strategic plans during each 1-hour call, share input from other participants, and answer questions. Teams may present their plans collaboratively. 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 fellowship 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!”
This fellowship is free to ATE grantees and STEM faculty in 2 year colleges.
See below for eligibility.
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 44 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). Most 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.
WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship Application:
Who is eligible?
Teams made up of 4-8 administrators, professors, instructors, counseling and outreach staff at two-year colleges from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in which women are underrepresented. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Project or Center. Forty fellowship spots are available.
This fellowship is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. This fellowship, including the online training, follow-up support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants more than $450, per person.
What is the #1 benefit to participating? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if you are accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship:
- Certificate of completion. At the end of the implementation period, you will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.
- If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
- IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
- Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes will be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
- The top 3 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 of each winner recognizing his/her achievement.
What's expected of you:
- Take part in the 10-week WomenTech Educators Online Training, develop a recruitment and retention plan for your program/college, and post your plans for feedback in the private online learning community.
- Actively participate in the follow-up support after the online training. (Trainer will provide personalized plan feedback during 1-hour telecalls.)
- Post your successes and challenges in the online learning community, and respond to the posts of others.
- Participate in evaluation-related activities.
How to apply:
- Submit an online application.
- Have your dean sign a letter of commitment (PDF).
- Return the signed letter from your dean by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org.
- Please create a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Each team member must submit their own application and signed letter of commitment from their dean. There will be a place to enter your team name in the application.
Note: If you are unable to submit the letter from your dean by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.
For additional information about the WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.
Sign up to receive an email when registration opens for the 2015 NSF-Funded Online Training Fellowship.
This fellowship is free to ATE grantees and STEM faculty in 2 year colleges.
See above for eligibility.
The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996