WomenTech Online Training Institutional Membership:
Increase Female Enrollment in STEM Classes with Proven System
Customized Feedback + Working as a Team = Amazing Results within a Year!
"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
"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."
Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., Computer Information Systems (CIS) Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Texas
Sign Up Today and You'll Receive
10-Week OR 4-Day
10 Hours of Coaching Calls with Your Team
*New* STEM & CTE Data Detective Package
*New* Your Choice of 3 Role Model Banners
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:
Results from Past Participants
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 regular semester!
Emerging Technology Class went from only 1 female student to 15 the next semester. In Fall 2016, nearly half of the 43 Video Game Design & Development Certificates were awarded to women. By Fall 2017, program grew to 70 students—22 female students and 48 male.
Athens Technical College, GA
Increased Female Retention
NSF ATE Project
Recruitment + Retention Increases
College + State
Mt. Wachusett Community College, MA
BioTech Manufacturing Class went from only 1 female student to 9 out of 13 in only one semester. A year later, there were 13 women out of 23 students in the Intro Course (57%). Retention of both female and male students increased from 50% to 100%.
Reached goal of recruiting 11 new female students (45% increase) to Computer Networking and Systems Administration program after only a semester.
Texas State Technical College, TX
Broward Community College, FL
Female enrollment went up 200% from 5 to 15 women and male enrollment went up 156% from 43 to 110 men in targeted Introductory Networking courses. Female retention increased from 80% to 100%.
Del Mar College, TX
Increased female enrollment by 62% and increased the retention of both female and male students by 45% in introductory Programming courses. Female retention went from zero to 86% and male retention from 70% to 93% in 6 months.
Patrick Henry Community College, VA
Increased female enrollment in Engineering Technology program from 2 female students to 12 in one semester. Female retention also went from 50% to 100% the next semester.
*Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)
Increased Male Retention
Increased Male Enrollment
Increased Female Enrollment
Owensboro Community and Technical College, KY
Increased female enrollment 250% from 2 to 7 female students and male enrollment went from 38 to 53 male students (a 40% increase) in targeted Automotive & Diesel courses.
Source: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project.
Tools to Gain Support from Your Colleagues:
Each year of membership includes access to:
When you sign up for membership, you get access to 1 Online Training or Online Bootcamp of your choice within a year of starting your Membership. Choose the training date and format that best meets the needs and schedule of your team(s):
10-week Online Training Dates:
4-Day Online Bootcamp Dates:
Note: Must register team for an event 3 weeks prior for planning purposes.
4-Day Online Bootcamp Times:
10-Week Online Training
Live 4-Day Online Bootcamp
Which training option is right for you?
Talk with Donna Milgram
IWITTS's Executive Director Donna Milgram is happy to talk with you about how your school can achieve its goals for broadening participation, potential team member selection, and to make sure this training opportunity is a good fit.
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 this new 12-Month WomenTech Online Training Membership.
The proven formula that makes this system so effective includes the following elements:
Schools Working as a Team
The WomenTech Online Training Membership program requires 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. As part of your membership, your trainer Donna Milgram will host monthly member-only webinars on what makes for an effective Leadership Team and which online training is right for your school (10-Week Online Training or 4-Day Bootcamp). She will give live feedback on team development during the Q&A portion of the webinars, so your school will have the effective team you need to see the results you want during this program. (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 Membership program will need to choose one career pathway/program (example: engineering technology) in which women are underrepresented to focus on during this 12-Month program. 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
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
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 Membership includes 5.5 hours of call time for each team with Donna:
Who is this system for?
This membership is open to 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.
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
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:
Membership grants you and your team(s) instant access to all these resources the minute you sign up.
Your team can participate in this pre-training program any time prior to the Online Training:
Resources Included with the WomenTech Online Training Membership:
Other exclusive resources included with membership:
STEM Success for Women Telesummit Expert Interviews Series (value = $180 per 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. This series is the recorded version of our inaugural powerful STEM Success for Women Telesummit.
Women in Technology Outreach Kit (value = $150 per 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.
The WomenTech Classroom eBook: A Treasure Trove of Hard-to-Find Women in STEM Resources for Educators (value = $35 per 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.
Downloadable products included with membership (see pricing for # of licenses included with each level):
STEM & CTE Data Detective Package: Dashboard Analysis (value = $5,000)
Donna Milgram, Lead Data Detective, will work closely with your team to investigate your targeted program using our proprietary dashboard and analytical techniques. Your team will discover the lowest hanging fruit for recruitment, and identify the blockages that are keeping female students and underserved populations from advancing in your targeted STEM and CTE program. With this knowledge, you’ll be ready to get the most out of the WomenTech Educators Online Training and you'll expend the least amount of effort for the greatest gains in broadening participation in STEM and CTE.
Impressions are often skewed when it comes to groups with minority status. Make sure that your program is evaluating real patterns in the data in order to make change, and not relying only on anecdotal evidence. You'll benefit from IWITTS’s 20 years of experience working with hundreds of schools around the country to help them improve metrics for non-traditional indicators for women and girls in STEM and CTE.
Monthly Members-Only Webinar with Live Q&A with Your Trainer Donna Milgram
Donna will host monthly webinars on what makes an effective team and which online training is right for your school (10-Week Online Training or 4-Day Bootcamp), so your school will have the effective team you need to see the results you want during this program.
Women in Trades and Technology Banners (value = $125 per banner)
Each team receives 3 female role model banners. Send the message that women can succeed in these career areas! Each banner is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high and includes 3 grommets on top and bottom for easy hanging. Choose from 7 different career pathways including: Engineering, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Green Jobs, Manufacturing Technology, Technology Careers and Trades.
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
The Power of Teams:
Who Should Be on Your Team:
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):
Online Training and Customized Feedback Provided by Donna Milgram:
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.
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
"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
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 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."
~ 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
Which Membership Is Right For Your Needs?
Every school, district, region, consortia and state is different. That’s why we’ve created three distinct memberships so you can choose the best fit for your school’s needs and budget each year. Please note that in 2018, this exclusive membership program can only accept 20 teams that are ready to see change happen in their schools and see real results. Teams are leaders in broadening participation for women in STEM in 2-year colleges.
Registration for a
WomenTech Online Training + Data Detective Package
STEM Success for Women Telesummit Expert Interviews
Women in Technology Outreach Kit
WomenTech Online Forum
Who is this membership
Bonus Group Opportunity
Schedule a Private Training
1 career pathway
Districts, regional consortia
Additional 1-Hour Call with Donna
States or national-level projects or consortia
Your Own Dedicated
3 career pathways
7 career pathways
Additional 1-Hour Call with Donna
(Includes 10 Hours of
Coaching Per Team)
Women in Trades & Technology Banners
(Choose from 7 Career Pathways)