NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program:
Increase Female Enrollment in STEM Classes with Proven System
Customized Feedback + Working as a Team = Amazing Results within a Year!
"Attending the WomenTech Educators Online 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 […] I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."
"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, North Carolina
Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., Computer Information Systems (CIS) Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Texas
Register and You'll Receive
Customized Feedback Calls
Recruitment & Retention Resources
Your Community College Can Achieve Results Like These:
We’ve unlocked the proven path to increasing the number of female students in your STEM program. Community colleges in our National Science Foundation-funded online trainings have seen remarkable results as soon as the next semester:
NEVER let anyone tell you again that nothing can be done, or that making change happen for female students in your STEM program will take decades or require a huge budget. We have the evidence to prove your community college can start seeing real increases in as little as one year!
Results from Past Participants
Source: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project.
Training Schedule and What's Involved:
October 2017 WomenTech Educators Online Training Program:
Continuing Education Credit: Fresno Pacific University is now offering 1 unit of continuing education credit to online Training participants! Note: You can sign up for continuing education credit starting 4 weeks in advance of training.
This NSF-funded Online Training program is free to ATE grantees and STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).
The Follow-Up Support sessions really keep you on task. It’s too easy for this to be just one project among dozens, and the calls give you just-in-time reminders. It’s very helpful when you’re in the middle of implementing your plan to be reminded of something from the training you might want to go back and look at, or to receive new information from Donna that you need just at that moment."
~ Patrick J. Enright, Dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ
IWITTS has cracked the code to helping community colleges broaden participation as soon as the next semester with the WomenTech Educators Online Training System – developed during our 5 National Science Foundation projects and now available to all community colleges through IWITTS's WomenTech Online Training program.
The proven formula that makes this system so effective includes the following elements:
Schools Working as a Team
The WomenTech Online Training System recommends schools to participate in teams of 6-10 because working as a team has proven critical to helping other colleges see real results and enact institutional change. Participating as a team ensures that all the key stakeholders are represented and invested in the Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plan your college develops as part of the training, while also improving the infrastructure of your college to broaden participation. The plan template includes required key elements that set teams up to be successful. (See “The Power of Teams” below for recommendations on potential team members.)
Focus on One STEM Career Pathway
Each team that participates in the WomenTech Online Training program will need to choose one career pathway/program (example: engineering technology) in which women are underrepresented to focus on. Once your team has had success with one career pathway, you will have all the tools you need to then expand your efforts to reach more programs. Starting with one program means your Recruitment and Retention Plan will be more targeted, more manageable, and easier to implement right away. Keep in mind that your team’s recruitment and retention strategies will differ by program because your outreach materials, talking points, prerequisites, building block skills, and female role models will all be unique to each program. We also recommend you pick a career pathway in a high-demand area where employers are hiring at relatively high wages, so you can share this information with prospective female (and male) students!
The WomenTech Educators Training System for Success
Team Building and Customized Feedback for Each Team
Note: Each team receives transcripts and recordings of all coaching calls
In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training itself, support for implementation with trainer Donna Milgram was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results. The WomenTech Online Training program includes 5 hours of call time for each team with Donna:
Who is this WomenTech Educators Online Training System for?
This program is recommended for community colleges that are serious about broadening participation in their institution’s STEM programs where women are underrepresented and are ready to do so in 1-years’ 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, TX
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 & create community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know
Building 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
You Will Learn:
You Will Take Away:
The WomenTech Classroom eBook: A Treasure Trove of Hard-to-Find Women in STEM Resources for Educators (value = $35 per individual license)
Instantly access women in STEM classroom resources and online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways.
Your team will receive a team license for all these resources as part of your training registration.
Downloadable products included with Online Training:
Women in Technology Outreach Kit (value = $150 per individual license)
This easy-to-use downloadable kit has examples and fill-in-the-blank templates for program brochures, flyers, recruitment presentations, and school website sections that all include female role models. The female role model questionnaire has all the proven questions to ask your role models.
Resources Included with the Online Training:
STEM Success for Women Master Class (value = $180 per individual license)
12, hour-long audio interviews and transcripts from educators who have successfully recruited and retained female students in STEM, sharing the step-by-step *recipe* for how they achieved this. The Master Class is the recorded version of our recent powerful STEM Success for Women Telesummit.
To be most effective, each team consists of a group of 6-10 members with a variety of stakeholders from your college. Below are the recommended core team members (not every team will have every job title):
Teams communicate as a single voice during the program. Team members join together weekly to synthesize and apply the information into a group assignment; assignments build to create full Recruitment and Retention Action Plans during the training. To achieve these results, each team is required to focus on one career pathway which can be scaled and/or replicated later on.
What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:
“We have a fabulous team. So many people have different varied areas of expertise. We meet Wednesday mornings and everybody is energized and works hard.” ~ Patti Williams, Faculty, Surveying & Mapping Technologies, Mid-west College
Who Should Be on Your Team:
The Power of Teams:
Donna Milgram is Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has been Principal Investigator on 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants – including the CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects nationally by the American Association of University Women.
Online Training and Customized Feedback Provided by Donna Milgram:
o U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
o Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
o Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter).
Learn directly from Executive Director
Donna Milgram, the creator of the
WomenTech Educators Training
NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training FAQs:
What's expected of my team?
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 6-10 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.
How much does it cost?
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 $5,700 per team.
What are the benefits of participating?
What is the #1 benefit? 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:
How To Apply:
For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Coordinator, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.
✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings 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
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 - fill out the Intent to Apply for more information. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Training Instructor.
In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:
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,
This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to get access details for the webinar, so you can watch it at your convenience and share it with potential team members.
This NSF-funded Online Training 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 Online 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
"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 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
"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
"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
Here are just some of our past ATE clients:
The National Online WomenTech Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1400531