Information Technology Case Study  

Computer Programming Instructor Saw Female Enrollment Increase by 65% and Retention of ALL Students by 45%

Information Technology Case Study

Del Mar College, TX

Introductory Computer Programming

"Before attending the WomenTech Educators Training I had a lot more success retaining women in my database class than in my introductory Programming classes—actually, I wasn't retaining any women in my introductory Programming classes.

They were all dropping. That was a big win for me, that I had an increase in retention of females in my introductory Programming courses."

Barbara DuFrain

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, TX

This multimedia case study includes actual outreach materials and a detailed description of recruitment events and retention strategies. 


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