STEM Success for Women Case Studies   

Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM/CTE

Highlights from 4 of the 10 case studies:

Find out how 10 community colleges finally moved the needle in one year or less. These new case studies are in 10 different career pathways ranging from Cybersecurity to Automotive Technology. Schools include Rural, Urban, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 5 of the case studies include role model profiles of female program graduates.

"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.”

Broward College, FL

Michelle Levine

Information Technology & Computer Science

Interim District Director of Faculty Development, Broward College, FL

How a Hispanic-Serving Institution Increased Female Enrollment in IT & CS by 77 Women in 1 Year


Recruitment & Retention Results (Female, Male & URMs)

Includes Role Model Profiles

Information Technology Case Study

Hispanic-Serving Institution


"There was a big difference in how we recruited for our 1st cohort of Pre-Apprentices—which had no women—and our 2nd cohort that had 7. We  thought it would be a lot easier than it turned out to be."

City College of San Francisco, CA

Monique Forster Pascual

Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Director of Apprenticeship & Instructional Service Agreements, Workforce Development,

City College of San Francisco, CA

How CCSF’s Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship Program Went from 0 to 7 Women in 2.5 Months


Recruitment & Retention Results (Female & URMs)

Automotive Technology Case Study

Includes Role Model Profiles

"We now have more women in the program than we thought would be possible. We were able to go from only 1 female student to 15 in an Emerging Technologies course the very next semester after the training. A year later, we awarded almost half of our 43 Video Game Design & Development certificates to women. In fact, we're one of the programs that actually got off Perkins' Naughty List for not having enough women represented in the program because we were able to start meeting our goals."

Athens Technical College, GA

Mark Evans

Emerging Technologies Program

Program Chair and Instructor, Emerging Technologies, Athens Technical College, GA

How a Program Chair Increased Female Enrollment by 82% with Zero Budget 

Serving Rural & Urban Counties

Recruitment Results (Female & Male)

Emerging Technologies Case Study

"We recruited 9 new women to Welding in only 4 weeks after participating in a WomenTech Educators Training. Before the training, if we had 3 women in  Welding it was like hitting a homerun."

Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI

Sue Silverstein

Welding Technical Diploma and AAS Programs

Welding Instructor, School of Technical & Applied Sciences, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Oak Creek, WI

9 Women Enrolled in Welding in Only 4 Weeks:

How MATC Finally Moved the Needle 


Recruitment & Retention Results (Female)

Welding Case Study

Includes Role Model Profiles

The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS) has been helping educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in technology since 1994. IWITTS provides tools, resources, and professional development for educators to help them broaden female participation in STEM and CTE programs where they are underrepresented. 

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