WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM/CTE!
Create Recruitment and Retention Action Plans based on proven strategies to achieve up to 25-50% female enrollment in your STEM/CTE classes!
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Recruitment Examples, Templates & Checklists
Live Immersion Online Training
IWITTS has helped dozens of schools increase the number of women enrolled in a wide range of STEM/CTE career pathways and improve the retention of both female and male students in a year or less.
WomenTech Educators Online Live Immersion Bootcamp for Teams
New dates for 2023 coming soon. Contact Donna for contract training.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT (11:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET)
Community colleges that have implemented the strategies participants learn through the WomenTech Educators Online Program have seen remarkable results.
"If you're tired of spinning your wheels attempting to get more women in your program, then the WomenTech Educators Training is the way to do it.”
~ Nancy Wilson, Assistant Dean, Career Technical Education, Lawson State Community College, AL went from 2 to 15 women in Manufacturing after participating in an Online WomenTech Educators Training
Online Bootcamp Details
Only space for 4 teams, so sign up now to secure your school’s spot in this online live Bootcamp.
"We recruited 9 new women to Welding in only 4 weeks after participating in a WomenTech Educators Bootcamp.
"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.”
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."
~ Sue Silverstein, Welding Instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), WI brought a team to a Bootcamp in summer 2018
~ Michelle Levine, Interim District Director of Faculty Development, Broward College, FL brought a team to a Bootcamp in November 2015
Client Video: Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) created a 5-minute video about the WomenTech Training narrated by FTCC’s Dean of Engineering and Applied Technology. Reviewing this will enable you to see the training in action and hear from past participants – FTCC faculty and staff.
What Will You 'Get' Out of the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp?
The WomenTech Educators Online Live Immersion Bootcamp contains 8 hours of content on recruitment and 8 hours of content on retention. You'll receive WomenTech Educators accompanying handouts, recruitment and retention plan templates, and the opportunity to have questions answered in real time. At the conclusion of the Bootcamp, you'll have the tools to put in place proven strategies that can help your STEM/CTE programs succeed, and help more female (and male) students along to fulfilling STEM/CTE careers. Plus, you'll receive coaching, virtual team building and plan feedback before and after the Bootcamp from your trainer, Donna Milgram.
Are you ready to...
✓ Adopt a program-wide "female-friendly" recruitment approach
✓ Communicate the benefits of STEM/CTE at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Make female students feel welcome in the classroom (and learn what not to do)
✓ Bolster the confidence of your STEM/CTE students to ensure success
✓ Help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Teach the building block skills that help to close the experience gap
✓ Share with other faculty how to teach to female learning style
✓ Connect with female role models & create community
✓ Partner with faculty, administrators, student services, and others to work together and boost STEM/CTE retention
✓ Understand how to build a Women in STEM/CTE Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit all by yourself
"What You'll Learn in 16 Amazing Hours"
Day 1 & 2: Recruit
✓ Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes
✓ Discover what excites women about STEM/CTE so that your outreach is more effective
✓ Leverage ONLINE recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM/CTE programs and you can recruit with current restrictions
✓ Find out how to take advantage of no cost or low cost ONLINE Recruitment Tools that will make your recruitment efforts much easier and enable you to execute quickly
✓Learn how to find female role models in your career pathway to help with recruitment both in real time and online so you can finally enroll more female students
MILESTONE: Create a recruitment action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM/CTE classes
Day 3 & 4: Retain
✓ Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM/CTE experience, so they all are retained
✓ Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks
✓ Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM/CTE in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes
✓ Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
MILESTONE: Create a retention action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes
You Will Take Away:
✓ An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to increase female enrollment up to 25-50% in your STEM/CTE programs and classes
✓ A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester
✓ The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away
✓ Coaching support for implementation for your team only with your trainer Donna Milgram
✓ Unlimited email support from your trainer Donna Milgram for 6 months following the Bootcamp.
✓ A final presentation in which you'll practice highlighting your successful outcomes to garner support.
* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and The WomenTech Classroom eBook and much more to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)
Proven Outcomes with Case Studies
Below are 3 examples of successful programs IWITTS has worked with in past with proven results and outcomes. The first 2 examples participated in Bootcamps. Links to each of the case studies are provided.
Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI
Broward College, FL (HSI)
✓ Female Enrollment 149 to 226 (1 year)
✓ Male Enrollment 751 to 1009 men (1 year)
✓ Case Study includes female student interview
✓ Participated in a Bootcamp
✓ 2 to 11 women (1 year) to 15 in 1.5 years
✓ Female retention 80% to 93% (1 year)
✓ Case Study includes female student interview
✓ Participated in Online Training
Lawson State Community College, AL (HBCU)
NEVER let anyone tell you again that nothing can be done, or that making change happen for female students in your STEM/CTE 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!
July 2022 WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
Live Immersion Online Bootcamp Details:
Bootcamp Fact Sheets
July WomenTech Educators Bootcamp
Recruitment Dates: July 21 & 22 2022
Retention Dates: July 28 & 29
Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT (11:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET)
Registration & Pricing:
July 21 & 22, 2022
July 21, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm PT (12:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET)
July 22, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT
(11:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT)
Team of 6-10
$5,000* Per Team
*Cannot be purchased separately. Recruitment Bootcamp is a pre-requisite to participate.
Team of 6-10
July 28 & 29
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT
(11:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT)
*Best Value* Bootcamp
Recruitment & Retention
July 21-22 & 28-29, 2022
$7,000* Per Team
Team of 6-10
*Late Registration Fee of $500 after July 4, 2022
Resources Included with the Online Bootcamp
Your team will receive a team license for these resources as part of your training registration.
Downloadable products included with Bootcamp:
Google Drive Training Folder
Each team receives access to their own Google Drive Folder where you can download your training handouts and materials at any time before, during, and after the training. Your team's folder will include examples of proven Outreach Materials (emails, flyers, webpage, Eventbrite, fact sheet, interest form) ; IWITTS's Recruitment and Retention of Women STEM Program Checklist; WomenTech Recruitment and Retention Plan Templates; and, more.
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.
- Core Copy Converts: WomenTech Worksheet
- WomenTech Online Marketing Success Guide: Outreach Planning Worksheet
- WomenTech Meet & Greet Formula for Success Guide: Event Planning Worksheet & Bonus asynchronous Module on being the MC for the event.
- WomenTech Gender Equity Self-Assessment
- STEM Success for Women Case Studies (10)
- Tutorial: How to Find Female Role Models (Video)
- Tell Her Story: STEM Female Role Model Template
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.
Key Program Elements:
✓ Each WomenTech Bootcamp Training can accommodate up to 4 college teams.
✓ Each team is made up of 6 to 10 key stakeholders including a Key Leader and Co-leader.
✓ Each team must select and must map to one career pathway (ex: Computer Programming). Once the college has the model, they’ll be able to easily roll it out to other Career Pathways in the department.
✓ Below are some examples of key stakeholders that make up a team. Donna Milgram, IWITTS’s Executive Director will serve as trainer and coach and can help each school think through best members for their Team. Please note you are not expected to have all of these potential members, the list is over inclusive.
Potential Team Members: Example Computer Science / IT (6 to 10 Per College)
- CS IT Instructors
- CS IT Chair
- Outreach/Recruitment Staff
- Workforce Development Director/Staff
- CS IT Lab Assistants
- Learning Center Director/ Staff
- CS IT Employer from the Advisory Board
- Coordinators of Potential Recruitment Sources i.e. ESL, One Stop, Feeder High School Programs
- Curriculum Developer
- Female Student in the Program
The Power of Teams:
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.
What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:
“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
“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
Select Testimonials from Colleges:
"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
"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
Donna Has Dedicated Her Entire Career to Helping Educational Institutions Have Actual Increases in Female Enrollment and Retention
Donna Milgram has been the Principal Investigator of 5 National Science Foundation grants. She has worked intensively with schools—boots on the ground—to develop the strategies and system that help educators enroll up to 25-50% female students in STEM/CTE classes.
Donna's NSF-funded CalWomenTech Project was highlighted by the National Science Foundation for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
After over 30 years of service in the field, she has "cracked the code" and developed an 8 point system for recruitment and a 12 point system for retention that provides numerical results in about one year—not just the hope of eventual change 5-10 years down the road that nobody can measure.
She has developed recruitment and retention plan templates based on her proven system that requires you to use the plan elements which have resulted in success for so many of our past WomenTech Educators Training participants. She has even created templated personal encouragement and welcoming conversation guides.
Learn directly from Executive Director
Donna Milgram, the creator of the
WomenTech Educators Training
Donna knows busy educators don't have time to figure this out all by themselves. That's why she developed rich supplementary online resources that range from examples of women in STEM/CTE recruitment videos, to a tested NSF-based spatial reasoning curricula that improves retention.
She loves being able to make such a big impact on STEM/CTE classrooms around the country, and in turn on the lives of women and girls who have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Donna is committed to finding as many ways as possible to get our proven system out to the world. This Bootcamp version of the WomenTech Educators Training is an online version of IWITTS's Live Event for those who want to immerse themselves in the knowledgebase and walk away with a recruitment and retention plan that they have customized to their school. Just like in the Live Event, you'll have the opportunity to ask her questions and to volunteer to receive feedback on a section of your plan in front of your fellow Online Bootcamp "recruits!"