carmen-lamha-bioMs. Lamha is a dynamic trainer with hands-on experience increasing the number of women in technology classrooms, having achieved impressive results in her own Computer Networking Information Technology (CNIT) department at the City College of San Francisco. Her many credentials and accomplishments include:

Co-Principal Investigator of the CalWomenTech Project, a five-year National Science Foundation grant awarded to IWITTS. Through the Project, CNIT, which Ms. Lamha chaired during the Project, pioneered better strategies and practices for recruiting, retaining and serving women. Her department experienced a significant increase both in recruiting and retaining women in targeted programs -- initial recruitment rates jumped from 18% to 30%; in fall 2010 completion rates increased from 64% to 86%. The enrollment rate for female students averaged out to 26% over the entire CalWomenTech Project -- an increase of 46% from baseline -- and the average completion rate came to 79% -- an increase of 23% from baseline. The retention of male students also increased by 7% on average during the CalWomenTech Project.

Presenter at California State Education Conferences. An engaging speaker, Ms. Lamha has reported on CalWomenTech findings at numerous conferences across California, including the Joint Special Population Advisory Committee and the California Community College Association for Occupational Education.

Co-Chair of the California Joint Special Population Advisory Committee (JSPAC). This committee is part of a joint effort between the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to develop the academic, vocational and technical skills of secondary and post-secondary special population students who elect to enroll in vocational and technical education programs, including students preparing for nontraditional training and employment. In addition, Ms. Lamha is a member of CCSF’s Academic Senate Executive Council and serves as chair of the Diversity, Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable committee.

Recipient of the Urban Empowerment Award from Year Up San Francisco Bay Area. Year Up is a national non-profit which provides urban young adults with the skills, experience and support needed to help them achieve success through professional careers and higher education. Their Urban Empowerment award recognizes individuals who have made an impact on their community by empowering youths to reach their potential. Ms. Lamha was recognized in February 2010 for the partnership she fostered in which students at Year Up San Francisco Bay Area, take CCSF courses in computer hardware and technical support as part of their course curriculum leading to a Certificate in Fundamentals of Technical Support.

A Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology, which she earned from San Francisco State University. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora in Brazil. 

Extensive teaching experience at the City College of San Francisco, beginning in the Computer and Information Science department in 1991. In 2001, she joined the faculty of the Computer Networking Information Technology (CNIT) Department, which she chaired during the CalWomenTech Project and is currently coordinator of.

First-hand knowledge of the workplace, having joined the computer industry in 1983 as a Field Service Technician, working her way up in a short time to Operations Manager.

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