Use these winning strategies and best practices to help to increase the number of women in your programs.
Do you have fewer female students than you would like in your technology and trades classes? Do women and girls drop out of the your technology classes without finishing the program?
What you get in the Best Practices CD:
“You won’t find this kind of information anywhere else. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who is serious about attracting more women into technology education. ”
~ Dr. Peter Woodberry, Dean, Business and Technology, Community College of Rhode Island
Create outreach materials and events that appeal to women, attract coverage from local media, and learn retention strategies that will help ensure that your female students finish their programs.
The CD includes invaluable how-to advice, real-life examples and sample materials you can easily tailor to fit your own school or program's needs. Content highlights include:
- Recruitment strategies that work: Choose from a rich menu of recruitment strategies, including more than fifty examples of brochures, flyers, agendas, news articles, web pages and college catalogs.
- How to get press coverage: Learn from real examples of press coverage for women in technology events, plus tools for scoring free coverage for your own school.
- Throw a career expo that students can’t resist: Generate interest in your program with a Women in Technology Career Expo. Video footage and photos from a successful event attended by over 100 women will help you with developing your own career expo.
- Get more female students in the pipeline: Use proven strategies to recruit high school students, so you’ll have a pipeline of women and girls leading to your technology programs.
- Help ensure your female students finish the programs they start: Learn the reasons why women drop out, and the powerful retention strategies you can implement so they don’t.
- Work with a team for maximum success: When you have other educators on board, you’ll be even more successful in increasing the number of women and girls in your programs
- Measure your progress with the included checklist
“We take great pride in recruiting and retaining women in our technology programs here at CCSN. In fact, we've already successfully implemented many of the strategies we learned in your workshop two years ago. But the ideas and examples in your new CD show us we can go much further -- I can't wait to share this valuable resource with our faculty and staff!”
~Warren Hioki, Associate Dean, Community College of Southern Nevada
About the WomenTech Best Practices CD:
A roadmap to increasing the number of women in your programs
Based on best practices culled from the three-year, National Science Foundation-funded WomenTech Project, this information-packed CD will help you develop a successful blueprint for boosting the number of women in your school or program.
Best Practices from the WomenTech Project features tried and true tactics used successfully at three diverse demonstration sites: Community College of Rhode Island, North Harris Community College District in Houston and the College of Alameda in California.
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Unlimited Potential Label Template
Label template: Click here to download
Directions for using the label template:
- Open your recent download of the label template: Poster Label_97-2003.DOT.
- You should see light blue or grey gridlines, which are the margins of your poster labels. Note: Keep your label design within these lines and take care not to accidentally move these gridlines.
- When you are ready to customize your labels, simply click into the text box and replace the bracketed text with the desired information.
- Replace the 'Logo' text box on the right with your institution/department/program's logo or name. The logo must have a high enough resolution to ensure quality printing. (If you are unsure if your logo is suitable for printing, your school's Public Information or Marketing office may be able to help.)
- Load the label sheet into the drum section or manual loading tray of your printer.
- Print the labels and carefully affix them to the bottoms of your posters!
Women in Engineering Recruitment Starter Kit
Order the whole kit, or any individual item or combination of items.
It’s easier than you think to get started recruiting women and girls to engineering. With these ready-to-go outreach tools, you can hit the ground running and start increasing the number of women and girls in your engineering programs right away.
See all items in the kit:
Item #: EDPO120
Women in Engineering Banner
This banner sends a visible message that your school supports women and girls in engineering and makes your career events more appealing to female students. Plus, hang the banner year-round in your school’s classrooms, hallways, communal spaces, and around campus to send the message that women can succeed in these career pathways.
Item #: EDPO39
Think Again Posters: Women in Engineering (Set of 7)
Hang this set of seven posters around your school's classrooms, counseling offices, hallways, library and cafeteria to inspire more female students to consider a career in engineering.
Item #: EDV51
Role Model Video: Engineering
Videos of female role models help get engineering careers on the radar screens of women and girls because they’re able to see someone who looks like them on the job, especially doing hands-on work in a lab or field setting.
Item #: EDP010
STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography
It's not easy to find ready-made classroom activities that will appeal to female learning style or resources on identifying female role models and associations. This bibliography does the research for you, and the best part is it's a downloadable e-book with clickable hotlinks that bring you directly to the websites where these primarily free resources are housed. Our bibliography has over 100 entries and provides you with information on the school level, program type, and career pathway for each resource. The bibliography is rich with engineering examples, ranging from Engineer Your Life to Fair Play: Design & Discovery to engineering associations for women.
Role Model Videos: 35 Career Options for Women
Inspire women and girls to see themselves in technology careers, and increase the number of female students in your programs.
This set of 35 videos provides excellent footage of women working in traditionally male jobs. Help your female students picture themselves in all of these highpaying, rewarding careers.
You can also order individual videos.
About the videos:
Few women and girls think of themselves in careers as engineers or auto technicians or computer administrators because the percentage of women in these fields is so small. Female role models, like those in the career videos, help get these careers on the radar of women and girls because they’re able to see someone who looks like them on the job, especially in a lab or field setting.
The “Career Options for Women: Emerging Opportunities” series introduces your female students to 35 high-wage career areas -- from automotive to engineering to robotics. Each 24-minute video uses on-the-job footage, and reveals the personal experiences and insights of successful women in technology and trades occupations.
Order these career videos for your school, library, career counseling center or outreach campaign. Make sure that women and girls picture themselves in high-paying, rewarding careers and increase the number of female students in your programs!
Finance and Investment
Heavy Equipment Operation
Oil and Gas Technologies
Note: Videos are interspersed with Canadian salary and labor statistics, which are similar to the numbers in the United States.
Policies: There is a no-return policy on these videos.
Help your female (and male!) students be more successful in your trades classes.
For many female (and male) students entering technical classes, their first challenge is tool identification. Women tend to have less informal tool-use experience outside of the classroom and therefore find it difficult to identify tools when they enter the trades. Demonstrating tool-use in the classroom is a great way to keep your female students engaged!
This six-part video series opens the trades “toolbox” and introduces your students to basic trade-specific equipment used in a variety of occupations, including plumber, carpenter, mason, welder, electrician and automotive technician.
Each of the six “Tools of the Trade: Inside the Technician's Toolbox” videos not only demonstrate to students exactly how each tool is used, they also explain how and why each tool is used in real-world settings. What’s more, the videos offer a bigger picture of the industry itself, including an inside look at career options.
About the videos:
Each DVD is 19-32 minutes long and comes with a downloadable instructor guide featuring educational standards, vocabulary, discussion questions and project ideas for your students.
See the videos:
While the video narrator and demonstrators are mostly male, these DVDs will help all of your students (female and male) develop the basic introductory skills they need to succeed in the trades occupations above.
The Tools of the Trade DVD Series correlates to all National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act).