Discover How to Transform Your STEM Classroom
Keep reading to learn the 8 Proven Steps that have helped educators across the country enroll up to 25-50% female students in their STEM classes
After 30 years in STEM education, I’ve developed an 8 point system for recruitment and a 12 point system 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.
Educators I have worked with have transformed their STEM classrooms, increasing female enrollment by up to 25-50% and improving the gender diversity at their institutions.
I’ve had the honor of conducting hundreds of trainings on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM education for national, state and regional educational institutions, organizations and employers in 46 states and Canada. The increases in female enrollment these educators have achieved and opportunities in STEM they have opened to women are an inspiration to me.
“I love having a big impact on STEM classrooms around the country and on the lives of women and girls who have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Here’s what your STEM class or program can look like...
“Expand the reach of your excellent programs
to enroll more women in STEM”
I know you have stellar classes that can set up students for engaging and well-paying STEM careers.
And I know you want to make sure these opportunities are extended to all potential students, women included!
It’s time to stop using outreach methods that don’t work to recruit more women to the classroom, and retention strategies that don’t help keep female (and male) students in the classroom.
I know you don’t have to stick with approaches that aren't working for your classroom.
I also know it’s easier to transform your STEM classroom when you have a step by step program to increase the number of female students in the classroom.
“It’s time to finally see up to 25-50% female students in
your educational institution’s STEM programs!”
If you could increase the number of women in your STEM classrooms, what would that look like?
Here are some examples from past educators at 2-year colleges that I have worked with...
- A Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program increased female enrollment from 11% to 37%
- A Computer Networking & Information Technology Department increased female enrollment from 19%
- Introductory Programming Courses increased female and male completion by 45%
“It’s possible to recruit more women and retain more female and male students in your STEM classrooms!”
You’re in the right place if you feel:
|Frustrated that your efforts to recruit more female students to your STEM programs haven’t worked|
|Disappointed that when you finally recruit one or two female students to your STEM classes…they drop out|
|Discouraged by low retention among female (and male) students in your classes|
|Confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs|
|Limited by a busy schedule and competing priorities despite the desperate need for recruitment strategies that are effective and efficient|
You know your excellent STEM programs have a lot to offer students.
The great news is that you don’t have to figure out how to recruit and retain more women in STEM all
Join me for the WomenTech Success Self-Study Program Empowering Educators to Increase Female Participation
Here’s what a few participants in my other programs have said about their experience:
"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!"
"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."
~ Dr. Cynthia V. Marcello, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY
"A lot of people, including me before I met Donna, do a lot of things that aren’t necessarily recruitment, they’re career awareness tools. People think if you put up a flyer that will solve the problem. Donna really taught us proven techniques to grow the program."
~ Edie Schmidt, Professor, Technology Leadership and Innovation/Supply Chain Management Technology, College of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
"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
“The costly mistakes that make recruitment and retention of women ineffective...”
Educators make sincere efforts to recruit more women to their classrooms and retain more female (and male) students in their classes, but many STEM educators struggle to see numerical results in their
That’s because many STEM programs...
- Do not adopt “female-friendly” recruitment approaches
- Have difficulty communicating the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
- Are unsure of their target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
- Don’t know how to make female students feel welcome in the classroom (from Day 1 and beyond)
- Are unfamiliar with how to teach to female learning style
- Don’t have the strategies that will help female students be successful in the lab
- Haven’t connected with female role models to create a community for their students
- Have not developed a leadership team that can help them boost STEM retention
“You need evidence-based strategies for WomenTech Success!”
To obtain numerical results in female enrollment in your STEM classes in about one year, you need a proven system for recruitment and retention.
To be a champion for recruiting more women and retaining more female (and male) students at your school, you need to get clear on:
- The evidence-based strategies that have been shown to work in STEM classrooms around the country
- What you may be doing wrong in your outreach to women…and what to do instead
- The best practices for retention that can help female (and male) students in your classroom
- How to create action plans for recruitment and retention of women in STEM that you can start implementing right away
When you bring this all together, you can start increasing female enrollment in your STEM classroom.
The 8 Proven Steps You Need...
Step 1: Focus on Target Audience, Evaluation, and Personal Encouragement
Finding the "right" target audience for your goal will help you enroll more women in your STEM classes.
Step 2: Get Help Recruiting Female Students via a Women in Technology Leadership Team and Create Institutional Change
Transform your campus' approach to women in STEM through the development of a Leadership Team.
Step 3: Discover Online Strategies to Recruit Women to Technology
Leverage online strategies to harness female role models for all students and to recruit 24/7.
Step 4: Understand Event-Based Recruiting and How to Get Free Press
Turn events into a high-effort, high-yield strategy by tying your target audience to your
Step 5: Learn How to Level the Playing Field for ALL Students Who May Have Less Informal STEM Experience
Close the experience gap by providing students with building block or bridge skills.
Step 6: Find Out How to Prevent Your Female Students from Dropping Out in the First
Understand how to make your female students feel welcome, and what not to do.
Step 7: Know How to Appeal to the Large Group of Women and Girls Who Just Aren't Excited by STEM in its Present Form
Engage female students by teaching about the subjects that they most care about.
Step 8: Ensure Your Female Students Are Connected to the Lab, Role Models, and Community
Adjust your approach to ensure your female students are successful in the lab and connected to
Get ready to CELEBRATE!
- Clarity on how to recruit more women to your STEM classroom
- Understanding how to develop a team so you don’t have to do this all by yourself
- Discovering what excites women about STEM so you can continue to recruit more women, year after year
- Knowing how to help students with less informal STEM experience succeed in the class and the lab
- Finally having the proven system that can help you increase the number of women in your STEM classes!
Here’s how to participate in the WomenTech Success
You get to learn how to achieve “WomenTech Success” in 8 convenient online modules that you can access from anywhere, even your home office.
This powerful program consists of:
✔ 8 online training videos
✔ Handouts and exercises
✔ A recruitment action plan template
✔ A retention action plan template
✔ Access for you and up to 2 additional colleagues
All of which are available for an entire year so that you can work at your own pace, whenever you want.
There’s no rush. You can do the whole course in a week, a month, or a year depending on the pace that you prefer. In my 30 years in STEM education, I’ve learned that not only are student learning styles different, but the learning styles of educators are, too! That’s why I’ve provided a variety of learning tools along with my WomenTech Educators knowledgebase so you get the most value.
Enroll today and empower yourself and one or two of your colleagues to recruit and retain more women in your STEM classes.
"In the Telesummit I enjoyed learning the various ways educators can assist female students in the trades. For example, structuring activities to make sure that women get equal access to hands-on activities. Awesome information!"
~ Kay Morgan, M.A. Ed., Career Outreach Specialist, A.S. Degrees Administrator,
"One thing I really appreciated was the level of professionalism from the speaker, [Donna Milgram]. She also conveyed several concrete examples such as staffing tech labs with females, and motivating [students with] projects to do "good" in the world. These are things we will strive for in our own program."
~ Bradley Layton, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor, Director, Energy Technology Program, Missoula College, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Plus, you'll receive my 2 free gifts:
"For a long time, we heard from educators, 'Well, we can't find any girls who WANT to be welders'- but now, there's an increased perception that supporting female students in male-dominated careers is a much bigger deal, and there are resources available that can give all students a better ability to explore and pursue their interests. IWITTS materials like the STEM bibliography and Outreach Kit are a huge part of the resources we can offer to districts to help them serve their students. It's not just about Perkins compliance anymore."
See an important strategy from Donna, taken from the WomenTech Success Self-Study Program
Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.
“Sounds great Donna! But what if I’m not ready?”
Don’t worry -- my WomenTech Success Self-Study Program is easy to follow. There are 8 online training modules containing videos where I personally lead you through my WomenTech Educators Training knowledgebase. Plus, you and up to two other educators from your institution will have access to the program for an entire year—so you can take and retake modules from the course on your own time, whenever
“I’m a male educator. Is this Program right for me?”
Yes! My WomenTech Success Self-Study Program 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 Success Self-Study Program is open to all—the only thing we’re focused on is laying the foundation for truly impactful change across your STEM programs.
“Can I invite a colleague to take the WomenTech Success Self-Study Program with me?”
Absolutely! I know that teamwork is an important component of learning, and just because you’ve chosen to empower yourself to be a champion for women in STEM at your school doesn’t mean you have to do it alone! You can invite up to two additional colleagues to take the WomenTech Success Self-Study Program with you, and they too will have access to the entire program for a full year.
WomenTech Success Self-Study Program
Empower yourself with the WomenTech Success
To expand opportunities for women in STEM, it's up to educators like you to step up and change the status quo. Now is the time to empower yourself to be a champion for women in STEM at your school, and it’s never been easier with our entirely online WomenTech Success Self-Study Program.
Enroll and you will receive...
TOTAL VALUE $1182
ACTUAL TUITION $997
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I look forward to helping you find WomenTech Success!
Executive Director, The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science