Recruitment

Use these proven strategies to recruit women to science and technology classes and careers.

Read about Ryerson University's Discover Engineering outreach program and summer camp. By the end of the program, the number of young women expressing an interest in engineering had doubled.

Source:

Anderson, Lisa, Kimberley Gilbride, "Pre-University Outreach: Encouraging Students to Consider Engineering Careers," Global Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 7, No. 1. c. 2003 UICEE.

Find out 19 specific recommendations to recruit and retain more women to a computer science major, with action steps for implementation.

Source:

McGrath Cohoon, J., "Recruiting and Retaining Women in Undergraduate Computing Majors," SIGCSE Bulletin, Vol. 34, No.2, June 2002.

Donna Milgram, Executive Director of IWITTS, discusses strategies for educators to recruit and retain more women to technology with Gordon F. Snyder, Jr. and Mike Qaissaunee.

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Researchers interviewed IT employers, professionals and educators about recruiting women to technology and developed steps for educators interested in building their own IT Outreach Campaign.

Source:

Bush, Sharon; Henle, Toni; Cohen, Shoshana; Jenkins, Davis; Kossy, Judith, "Recruiting Lower-Income Women Into Information Technology Careers: Building a Foundation for Action," Women Employed Institute, 2002.

Sending a strong message that women are wanted is one way to recruit applicants. Learn about the techniques that led to a 59% jump in the number of female apprentices in Hawaii.

Source:

Andrews, Christine L., and Leslie Wilkins. "Recruiting Women to the Trades: Marketing Strategies that Work!!!" Maui Economic Development Board, Women in Technology Project. The Women in Technology Project is administered by the Maui Economic Development Board and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Eleven students, including 4 women, participated in an Adaptive Optics Science internship. A year later, 80% of the students were continuing their science education and at least eight had received job offers.

Source:

Andrews, Christine, Leslie Wilkins, Malika Moutawakkil, Lisa Hunter, "Tapping the Rich Diversity of the Community Colleges: Akamai Summer Internship Program - An REU Model at Maui Community College," Proceedings of the 2005 WEPAN/NAMEPA Joint Conference. 2005 WEPAN NAMEPA. The Women in Technology Project is administered by the Maui Economic Development Board and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Evergreen Valley College (EVC), one of eight CalWomenTech Project Sites, went from a 57.6% to 100% female completion rate in 6 months time with an aggregate rate of 88.3% over two years in the Project. Male retention rate also increased from 60.8% to 86.4% (a 25.6% increase).

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Las Positas College, one of eight CalWomenTech Project Sites, increased their enrollment of female students in the trades through implementation of their recruitment strategic plan over two years and a variety of creative strategies ranging from free press coverage of their program on a local TV station (and showcasing the clip on their website) to a pink "Women in Technology RULE" emery board/ruler give-away.

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In addition to implementing core recruitment strategies provided by the CalWomenTech project, City College of San Francisco's Computer Networking and Information Technology Program, one of eight project sites, incorporated custom recruitment strategies into their annual strategic plans, with a special focus on the college's counseling staff. What's more, adjustments to teaching styles -- based on IWITTS' retention training -- positively impacted completion rates of not only female students, but males as well.

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San Diego Mesa Community College, one of eight CalWomenTech Project Sites, used the CalWomenTech Project's core recruitment strategies along with a special focus on women students during their annual GIS day to significantly increase the number of women in their GIS program. Plus, GIS instructors modified their teaching style based on the WomenTech Training they received on retention, resulting in 100% retention of female and male students for several semesters.

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