WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp
Boost Female Enrollment in STEM & CTE
Proven System: Customized Feedback + Working as a Team = Amazing Results within a Year!
"We recruited 9 new women to Welding in only 4 weeks after participating in a WomenTech Educators Bootcamp.
~ Sue Silverstein, Welding Instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI brought a team to a Bootcamp in summer 2018
"The Bootcamp got us thinking intentionally about who we were going to target for outreach, how we were going to target them, and how we would follow up to make sure we had
actual results linked to the different programs and events that we were holding. In a year’s time, we had increased female enrollment in our IT & CS Department from 149 to 226 female students and male enrollment had also increased from 751 to 1009 male students. Since then, it has grown organically and blossomed into something that our college just does naturally.”
~ Michelle Levine, Interim District Director of Faculty Development, Broward College, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), FL brought a team to a Bootcamp in November 2015
Before the training, I was very frustrated about not being able to recruit women to our Welding program and I didn't have a plan. It was the decisive work plan we developed as a team with Donna’s facilitation during the training that I think made the biggest difference."
Register and You'll Receive
Customized Feedback Calls
Recruitment & Retention Resources
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.
Who is the WomenTech Educators Online Training System for?
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 identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success for women in STEM: See 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
You Will Learn:
You Will Take Away:
Your team will receive a team license for these resources as part of your training registration.
Downloadable products included with Bootcamp:
Resources Included with the Online Bootcamp:
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.
The WomenTech Classroom eBook: A Treasure Trove of Hard-to-Find Women in STEM Resources for Educators (value = $35 per individual license)
Instantly access female friendly curriculum resources and role model websites that will help women see themselves in all career pathways.
2019 WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:
Tools to Gain Support from Your Colleagues
July 2019 WomenTech 4-Day Bootcamp
Live 4-Day Online Bootcamp Details:
$6,500 per team of 6-10 participants PLUS
50 Unlimited Potential posters ($1,200 value)
Ends April 5
Early-Bird Registration Special
$6,500 per team of 6-10 participants
$7,500 per team of 6-10 participants
April 6 to June 20
Dates: July 11-12 & July 18-19, 2019
Times: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM PT (11:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET)
Questions? 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.
Training and Customized Feedback Provided by Donna Milgram:
Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has dedicated her career to helping women succeed in fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. She developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators’ nationwide increase the number of women in their STEM/CTE programs. Ms. Milgram has been a 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 by the American Association of University Women. A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM and CTE, Donna has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings online and in person in 46 states and Canada.
Learn directly from Executive Director
Donna Milgram, the creator of the
WomenTech Educators Training
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 year!
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 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 Bootcamp 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 Bootcamp program includes 5.5 hours of call time for each team with Donna.
Teams speak with a single voice during the Bootcamp and together create a Recruitment and Retention Action Plan customized for their college. To achieve these results, each team is required to focus on one career pathway. The model can be replicated in other career pathways later on.
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):
“We recruited 9 new women to Welding in only 4 weeks after participating in a WomenTech Educators Bootcamp. I just knew that participating in the WomenTech Training was something we needed to do, so I got other people in my department on board and put together a team to participate. I was really surprised by just how helpful it was to have a team. I connected with colleagues I’ve never worked with before and now I know I can always go to them when it comes to recruiting women.” ~ Sue Silverstein, Welding Instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI
What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:
“The Bootcamp gave us an opportunity to collaborate as a team and do some deliberate marketing and recruitment. I think getting together as a team with intention—because we're all so busy—and developing a written plan that we could stick to was what made all the difference. In a year’s time, we had increased female enrollment in our IT & CS Department from 149 to 226 female students and male enrollment had also increased from 751 to 1009 male students.” ~ Michelle Levine, Interim District Director of Faculty Development, Broward College, FL
"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
"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, formerly Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC and now Dean Business, Engineering Technologies and Public Services, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, 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
~ Patrick J. Enright, Dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ
"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. 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., Computer Information Systems (CIS) Division Director, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX
"The WomenTech Training brought our team together and was expertly facilitated. It led us through the process of capturing our busy faculty's ideas, and collected them in a very effective way. Our team developed an action plan for a short timeframe, so we could be ready for students the next semester and we were. We met our goal of enrolling 50% female students in our new Maker 100 course (12 female and 12 male students) in only 7 weeks. Our CCSF MakerSPHERE Club also went from only 4 male students to 65 students—now 40% women. Plus, the newly elected club president is female!"
~ Maura Devlin-Clancy, MakerSPHERE Coordinator, Faculty, CNIT Department - Web Development Programs, City College of San Francisco, CA
"At the WomenTech Educators Training, it was eye-opening to learn that there is a long list of simple things we could be doing that would make women feel more welcome and included, for example the pictures we use to market the program, and some curricular approaches in the lab environment.
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."