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NSF-funded Training Hosted by Convergence Technology Center (CTC) for IT Community College Educators

LIVE 3-Day Online Immersion Training

Event on December 14-16, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

This NSF-funded hybrid online and in-person Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is FREE for teams of 6 community college IT educators. The event will be streamed live online while your team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to complete the exercises together. Classroom space, lunch, and mileage reimbursement are available from the CTC for some teams from North Texas. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares a "confession" about a lab strategy that will help your female students:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

How our past WomenTech Educators Training participants transformed their STEM classrooms:

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Pam Silvers, Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, NC, credits the live WomenTech Educators Training she attended with changing her approach to female enrollment and helping her to nearly double the female students in her engineering and technology programs from 39 to 72.

~ Pamela Silvers, Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC

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"Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."

~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, City College of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA

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"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, CS, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, increased female enrollment in her introductory programming courses by 62% and female and male completion by 45%.

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"Completely made me re-evaluate the approach that we have been taking. I realized the many mistakes and plan to make changes that I learned from the training. Great information!"

~ Hector Yanez, Division Director of Engineering, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

The WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the online version of my popular annual In-Person Live Event. This December 14-16, 2015 WomenTech Educators Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center will be a special hybrid online and in-person version of my 3-day Bootcamp. The event will be streamed online while your college's team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to watch the training and complete the exercises together.

I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy-to-access interactive format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 3 days, you'll be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. You'll walk away with Recruitment and Retention Action Plans that you will customize to your college. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 3-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your IT programs and classes.

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"What You'll Learn in 3 Amazing Days"

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

  • Understand how to leverage a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • 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 IT classes

Day 2-3: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal IT 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 in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of
    female AND male students


  • 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 IT classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your IT 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

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)

 

 

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep your team and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in IT. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 

 

 

Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.




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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

 

 
Schedule/Time Required:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram week of December 7 - 11, 2015

  • 3-day Bootcamp December 14-16, 2015 from 10am - 4:30pm CT (8am - 3:30pm PT/ 11am - 5:30pm ET)

  • 6 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected to the Convergence Technology Center

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

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Visual Overview of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp

 

 

Assistance for IT Educators in North Texas from the CTC:

The CTC will provide classroom space at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, Texas and lunch for teams of qualified community college IT faculty and administrators in the North Texas region. Qualified team members that live over an hour away from Frisco, Texas will also be eligible for mileage reimbursement from the CTC. This assistance will be provided to make it easier for teams to participate in this 3-day training together in one room.

If you would like to request classroom space for your team and/or mileage reimbursement, please indicate that in the online application and the CTC will get in touch with you.

Questions? Please contact Mark Dempsey, CTC Program Manager, with any questions about support for teams from community colleges in North Texas (email: MDempsey[at]collin.edu; phone: 972-377-1582).

 

 

About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website and the Community College Times.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from IT programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with the Convergence Technology Center. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. It is hosted by the Convergence Technology Center and funded by the NSF. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any major travel costs. The only travel is to meet up with your team at your college.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training and Follow-Up Support is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day hybrid Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams. (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - Watch a recording of our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar by clicking here or accessing it from your application. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm you watched the webinar.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the November 20, 2015 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBVFC7X (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)
 

Note: If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

Click here to instantly watch a recording of the webinar.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today and we'll send you a link to the webinar recording that you can forward on to your other team members.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

 

What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"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, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators 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., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"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

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"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

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"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

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The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996

 

Attend the WomenTech Educators 3-Day Bootcamp to Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Only 8 Months

 

3-Day Online Bootcamp

July 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Community colleges that have implemented the strategies participants learn through WomenTech Educators Online Training Program have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

This NSF-funded Bootcamp is FREE for teams of 6 community college STEM educators. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

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In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares remarkable results from past online training participants:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

What Educators Are Saying About the Training

“Donna is so passionate about her work it shows. That passion is infectious and can only serve to close the digital divide.“

84% Knowledge Increase Online Training ChartSource: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project.

You Will Learn:

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Attend the WomenTech Educators Training from the comfort of your own desk.

Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment

✓ Top three recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide “female friendly” recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort

Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture

✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable 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

Build a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success

✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them

You Will Take Away:

  1. An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  2. A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male students), starting this semester.
  3. The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away, and free bonus tools that will help you be even more successful. (See Bonuses section below.).
  4. Results: Community colleges that have implemented the strategies participants learn through this program have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.
Schedule and What's Involved:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram July 4 - 8, 2016

  • 3-day Bootcamp July 13, 14, & 15, 2016 from 8am - 2:30pm PT/ 11am – 5:30pm ET

  • 9 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project

Continuing Education Credit:

Fresno Pacific University is now offering one unit of continuing education credit to online training participants! Note: You can sign up for the continuing education credit starting four weeks in advance of training.

Overview of 2016 Online Bootcamp Schedule

Visual Overview of the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp

Team Support Calls and Customized Feedback led to AMAZING results from the online training in 2015!

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 February 2015 online training group have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.

Including...

A Georgia community college that went from only 1 female student in an introductory Emerging Technology course to 15 of 17 students just one semester after the online training.

A Massachusetts community college that went from 1 female student in manufacturing to 9 out of 13 students in its introductory course the next semester. Plus, 100% of the female students were retained!

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 institution can start seeing real increases in as little as one year!

The WomenTech Educators Training is designed to provide you with a roadmap that will enable you to achieve your goals and because you get access to Follow-Up Support calls after the Bootcamp, you will receive support for implementation of your plan strategies. We are committed to helping educators succeed in creating a gender balance in STEM. Once you have achieved results in increasing the number of female students in your programs, you may be featured in case studies or webinars to highlight your team’s accomplishments while inspiring other educators!

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep online Bootcamp participants and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in STEM. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 
 

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

Two FREE Gifts When You Enroll Your Team Now:

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Hard to Find Women in STEM Classroom Resources:

We've made it easy for educators to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, this downloadable guide includes sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save STEM educators many hours of researching on their own.

Sample Resource: Dot Divas are young women that believe in the potential of computing to make a better world. The Dot Diva website offers female role model profiles, examples of how computing can be used in many careers, and a webisode video featuring a young female role model. Parents and educators can find advice for talking to young women about computing, messages and images that work to spark their interest, downloadable recruitment materials (a Dot Diva poster, brochure, and flyer), and female role model videos on YouTube.

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit:

It's challenging to develop outreach materials that really work to recruit women to STEM! To help schools we have developed this easy-to-use kit with examples and templates for Women in STEM program brochure, program flyer, event flyer, recruitment PowerPoint presentation, and school website section that all include female role models. These materials were tested with 8 schools that were successful in recruiting more female students to STEM.

The female role model questionnaire alone is worth its weight in gold with the key questions and follow up questions to ask those hard-to-find female role models and how to elicit an inspirational quote from a women in STEM. Based on hundreds of interviews with STEM stars, you won’t want to miss this.

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"For a long time, we heard from educators, 'Well, we can't find any girls who WANT to be welders'- but now, there's an increased perception that supporting female students in male-dominated careers is a much bigger deal, and there are resources available that can give all students a better ability to explore and pursue their interests. IWITTS materials like the STEM bibliography and Outreach Kit are a huge part of the resources we can offer to districts to help them serve their students. It's not just about Perkins compliance anymore."

~ Don Levine, CTE Education Specialist, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development


About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1994 that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
  • She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recent presentation highlights include:
    • U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
    • Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter).  

  • Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and more.
  • An innovative leader, Donna Milgram draws upon over 21 years of experience leading successful projects. The recent 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.

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $4,700 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any travel costs.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day online Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 9 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams! (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Team) and select a key contact for the application process. 
  4. Complete individual online applications before the June 15, 2016 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7RXFDZX (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor. If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.)

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity - fill out the Intent to Apply for more information. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to receive access to our webinar recording.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

The Power of Teams:

Teams communicate as a single voice during the program. While team members may watch modules individually, the team joins together weekly to synthesize and apply the information into a group assignment. These assignments build to create full Recruitment and Retention Action Plans by the end of the training.

Experience and research show that participating as a team sets you up to be successful and see results. Over 5 NSF-funded projects and 20 years of offering professional development, we have found that educators who work in teams develop stronger Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Action Plans, are able to get the support they need to start implementing those plans right away, and are more likely to institutionalize lasting change.

Some of the many benefits of participating as a team:

  • Team participation enhances and encourages engagement in the online training and the practical application of training content.
  • The more people you can train in your department, region, or state, the more likely you are to see significant increases in female students, as well as lasting institutional change.
  • Team members support each other using a common educational language and framework. The team facilitates cross-departmental relationships and institutional change, providing benefits that go far beyond the training itself.

What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:

“We have a fabulous team. So many people have different varied areas of expertise. We meet Wednesday mornings and everybody is energized and works hard.”

~ Patti Williams, Faculty, Surveying & Mapping Technologies, Mid-west College

Who Should Be on Your Team:
Your team will be the most effective if it includes a variety of stakeholders from your college dedicated to increasing the number of female students in the targeted STEM program. In our experience, a Women in STEM Leadership Team with 6-10 members sets a school up to be successful from the start. Ideally, a dean, department chair, technology center director, or Principal Investigator (PI) of an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) grant will act as key leader and an instructor from the targeted program will act as co-leader.

Recommended core team members:

  • Dean or Chair of the Department of the targeted program;
  • Director of the Technology Center (or equivalent if applicable);
  • Principal Investigator of the ATE grant (if applicable);
  • Minimum of two instructors in targeted technology courses, with one being an adjunct if possible (highly recommended);
  • If you have math prerequisites for core targeted courses, a math administrator.

Other potential team members could include counselors, advisors, outreach coordinators, learning center staff, curriculum developers, Workforce Development Director, Research & Planning Officer, STEM coordinators, representatives from feeder high school(s) or job training programs, and other key stakeholders. The free Leadership Team Webinar and the Online Bootcamp include additional guidance on forming and working with a Women in STEM Leadership Team.

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The more educators who are trained, in your school, the more effective you will be!

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
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What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"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, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators 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., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"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

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"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

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"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

See the full list of testimonials

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
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The National Online WomenTech Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1400531

NSF-funded Training Hosted by Convergence Technology Center (CTC) for IT Community College Educators

LIVE 3-Day Online Immersion Training

Event on December 14-16, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

This NSF-funded hybrid online and in-person Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is FREE for teams of 6 community college IT educators. The event will be streamed live online while your team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to complete the exercises together. Classroom space, lunch, and mileage reimbursement are available from the CTC for some teams from North Texas. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares a "confession" about a lab strategy that will help your female students:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

How our past WomenTech Educators Training participants transformed their STEM classrooms:

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Pam Silvers, Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, NC, credits the live WomenTech Educators Training she attended with changing her approach to female enrollment and helping her to nearly double the female students in her engineering and technology programs from 39 to 72.

~ Pamela Silvers, Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC

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"Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."

~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, City College of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA

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"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, CS, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, increased female enrollment in her introductory programming courses by 62% and female and male completion by 45%.

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"Completely made me re-evaluate the approach that we have been taking. I realized the many mistakes and plan to make changes that I learned from the training. Great information!"

~ Hector Yanez, Division Director of Engineering, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

The WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the online version of my popular annual In-Person Live Event. This December 14-16, 2015 WomenTech Educators Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center will be a special hybrid online and in-person version of my 3-day Bootcamp. The event will be streamed online while your college's team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to watch the training and complete the exercises together.

I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy-to-access interactive format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 3 days, you'll be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. You'll walk away with Recruitment and Retention Action Plans that you will customize to your college. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 3-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your IT programs and classes.

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"What You'll Learn in 3 Amazing Days"

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

  • Understand how to leverage a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • 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 IT classes

Day 2-3: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal IT 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 in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of
    female AND male students


  • 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 IT classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your IT 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

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)

 

 

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep your team and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in IT. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 

 

 

Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.




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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

 

 
Schedule/Time Required:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram week of December 7 - 11, 2015

  • 3-day Bootcamp December 14-16, 2015 from 10am - 4:30pm CT (8am - 3:30pm PT/ 11am - 5:30pm ET)

  • 6 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected to the Convergence Technology Center

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

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Visual Overview of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp

 

 

Assistance for IT Educators in North Texas from the CTC:

The CTC will provide classroom space at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, Texas and lunch for teams of qualified community college IT faculty and administrators in the North Texas region. Qualified team members that live over an hour away from Frisco, Texas will also be eligible for mileage reimbursement from the CTC. This assistance will be provided to make it easier for teams to participate in this 3-day training together in one room.

If you would like to request classroom space for your team and/or mileage reimbursement, please indicate that in the online application and the CTC will get in touch with you.

Questions? Please contact Mark Dempsey, CTC Program Manager, with any questions about support for teams from community colleges in North Texas (email: MDempsey[at]collin.edu; phone: 972-377-1582).

 

 

About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website and the Community College Times.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from IT programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with the Convergence Technology Center. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. It is hosted by the Convergence Technology Center and funded by the NSF. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any major travel costs. The only travel is to meet up with your team at your college.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training and Follow-Up Support is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day hybrid Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams. (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - Watch our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar. You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar. If you aren't ready to submit an Intent to Apply, sign up for the webinar here.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the November 20, 2015 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBVFC7X (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)
 

Note: If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

Sign up for the webinar here.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to get access to the dates and times when you can watch the webinar live and the link to join us for the webinar.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
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What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"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, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators 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., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"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

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"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

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"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

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The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996

 

LIVE 3-Day Online Immersion Training

Event on November 10, 12, & 13, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

This NSF-funded Online Bootcamp is FREE for teams of 6 community college STEM educators. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares a "confession" about a lab strategy that will help your female students:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

How our past WomenTech Educators Training participants transformed their STEM classrooms:

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Pam Silvers, Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, NC, credits the live WomenTech Educators Training she attended with changing her approach to female enrollment and helping her to nearly double the female students in her engineering and technology programs from 39 to 72.

~ Pamela Silvers, Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC

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"Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."

~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, City College of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA

DuFrain

"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, CS, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, increased female enrollment in her introductory programming courses by 62% and female and male completion by 45%.

Yanez

"Completely made me re-evaluate the approach that we have been taking. I realized the many mistakes and plan to make changes that I learned from the training. Great information!"

~ Hector Yanez, Division Director of Engineering, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

The WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the online version of my popular annual In-Person Live Event. I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy-to-access interactive format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 3 days, you'll be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. You'll walk away with Recruitment and Retention Action Plans that you will customize to your college. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 3-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your STEM programs and classes.

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"What You'll Learn in 3 Amazing Days"

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

  • Understand how to leverage a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • 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 classes

Day 2-3: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM 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 in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of
    female AND male students


  • 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 to up to 25-50% in your STEM 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

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)

 

 

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep online Bootcamp participants and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in STEM. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 

 

 

Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.




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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

 
Schedule/Time Required:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram week of November 2 - 6, 2015

  • 3-day Bootcamp November 10, 12, & 13, 2015 from 8am - 2:30pm PT/ 11am – 5:30pm ET (Note: Veteran's Day November 11, 2015 will be a break day)

  • 6 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

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About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website and the Community College Times.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any travel costs.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day online Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams. (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - Watch our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar. You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar. If you aren't ready to submit an Intent to Apply, sign up for the webinar here.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the October 15, 2015 deadline -
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8QD78JK (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)
 

Note: If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

Sign up for the webinar here.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to get access to the dates and times when you can watch the webinar live and the link to join us for the webinar.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"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, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators 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., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

Pbaca

"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

lauransattlersq

"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

rmathur

"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

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The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996

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WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp

Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM!

LIVE Online Immersion Training Event on August 5-6, 2015


Dear STEM Educator,

Are you frustrated because you have excellent STEM classes and programs but few, if any, female students?

If you’re like me, you have a PASSION for ensuring that every woman and girl feels empowered to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM).

But, the reality is, the percentage of female students choosing STEM in the United States is going down. And even when they choose STEM majors, one-third to a half transfer out.

Many educators who really, sincerely want to have more female students are held back by popular but ineffective gender equity outreach and retention methods that, simply put, don’t work.

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If you’re like most of the educators I work with, you have
extraordinary STEM programs...

But you’re struggling to recruit and retain more women in STEM.

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You’re confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

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You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

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You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

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Your male retention rate also needs improvement

If this sounds familiar, I want to help you break through to finally enroll more women in STEM—AND retain them (while improving male retention rates, as well).

I’ve dedicated my entire career to helping educational institutions have actual increases in female enrollment and retention.

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As the Principal Investigator of 5 National Science Foundation grants, I’ve 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 classes.

My 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 30 years of service in the field, I’ve “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. 

I’ve developed recruitment and retention plan templates based on my 20 point system that requires you to use the plan elements which have resulted in success for so many of our past WomenTech Educators Training participants. I’ve even created templated personal encouragement and welcoming conversation guides.

I know busy educators don’t have time to figure this out all by themselves. That’s why I developed rich supplementary online resources that range from examples of women in STEM recruitment videos, to a tested NSF-based spatial reasoning curricula that improves retention.

I love being able to make such a big impact on STEM classrooms around the country, and in turn on the lives of women and girls who have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

I am committed to finding as many ways as possible to get our proven system out to the world. This Summer Bootcamp version of our WomenTech Educators Training is an online version of our 2-day 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 me questions and to volunteer to receive feedback on a section of your plan in front of your fellow Online Summer Bootcamp “recruits!”

So in case you’re not convinced that you really can improve recruitment and retention of your female students in your teaching lifetime, here are some of the results of past participants in our WomenTech Educators Training.

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It’s possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

Read about the transformation of the STEM classrooms by our past WomenTech Educators Training participants.

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Pam Silvers, Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, NC, credits the live WomenTech Educators Training she attended with changing her approach to female enrollment and helping her to nearly double the female students in her STEM program from 39 to 76.

Thiry

"Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."

~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, City College of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA

DuFrain

"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, CS, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, increased female enrollment in her introductory programming courses by 62% and female and male completion by 45%.

Yanez

"Completely made me re-evaluate the approach that we have been taking. I realized the many mistakes and plan to make changes that I learned from the training. Great information!"

~ Hector Yanez, Department Chair/CADD Manager of Computer Drafting and Design Technology, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

Learn the best practices that can increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% and improve female and male completion by 45%.

The WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the first online version of my popular annual 2-day Live Event. I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my five National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 30 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy to access format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 2 days, you’ll be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. You’ll walk away with recruitment and retention action plans that you will customize to your school. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 2-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your STEM programs and classes.

Here’s an overview of what you’re going to learn in my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp!

“What You’ll Learn in 2 Amazing Days”

Day 1: 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

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don’t have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • 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 classes

Day 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM 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 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
    female students


  • 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 to up to 25-50% in your STEM 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

* Bonus: You’ll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


Plus—Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Ask Questions
from the “Hot Seat!”

My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is not just a special opportunity to pack all of our training into just 2 days—without even leaving your desk! You’ll also have a unique chance to get on the “Hot Seat” in front of other “recruits” and have your work on any of the elements of your recruitment and retention plans reviewed by me, Donna Milgram. Don’t worry—I promise not to make you do push-ups if you give the wrong answer!

Top 5 Reasons to Attend This Event Now...

1. Receive my WomenTech Educators training in an immersive and convenient format.

In the past, I have only offered this 2-day event in person. Educators love my live trainings, but scheduling and capacity limitations have meant that some educators have not been able to have access to my valuable system. With my new Online Summer Bootcamp, as many educators around the country can join in as would like to—and you can leave the luggage
at home!

2. Get your recruitment and retention strategies in shape before school starts.

If you are ready to see more female faces in your STEM classrooms, my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is timed perfectly for you. Lay the groundwork before the fall semester starts by learning actionable recruitment and retention strategies, many of which can be implemented right away.

3. Take away valuable templates and strategies you can share with other educators.

My WomenTech Educators Training is designed to be actionable, because I want to see educators be able to create lasting change for female STEM students in their classes and programs. You’ll leave the training equipped with recruitment and retention action plans, personal encouragement and welcoming conversation scripts, and other strategies that can benefit your entire department, in the coming academic year and beyond.

4. Maximize your learning while saving on travel.

While I love to welcome STEM educators to the Bay Area for my live trainings, travel can be a major issue when it comes to planning and departmental budgets. No longer. This is a training that truly only takes 2 days—not a conference that has you spending as much time at the airport as you will in the lecture hall.

5. Learn the strategies that will help you recruit and retain more women in STEM!

The strategies I’ll be sharing in the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp have empowered educators across the country to measurably increase the number of women in their STEM classes. If you’ve ever wanted to take the opportunity to engage in one of our trainings, now is the time.

“Sounds great Donna! But what if I’m not ready?”

Don’t worry—my WomenTech Educators Program is easy to follow and I will personally lead you through it over the course of the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp’s 2 days! If you are a STEM educator dissatisfied with the number of female students in your classes and programs, that is all it takes to be “ready” for my Bootcamp—I’ll be there to teach you everything else.

Over the past 21 years, since I’ve founded the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science, I’ve helped educators who feel like they’ve tried everything and educators who don’t know where to begin. No matter where you stand, every classroom can benefit from the proven strategies for recruiting and retaining more women in STEM that I will be sharing in the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp.

“I’m a male educator. Is the Bootcamp right for me?”

Yes! My 2-day intensive online event is a great fit for anyone who is involved in teaching STEM, male or female, especially at the community college level! We’ve had many male educators come through our WomenTech Educators Training and achieve excellent results. In fact, the majority of STEM educators are male, and I have done this training in the past with 100% male attendees. My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is open to all—the only thing we’re focused on is laying the foundation for truly impactful change across your STEM programs.

“What if I’m too busy to attend?”

I know educators like you have busy schedules, even in the summer! That’s why I’ve packed as much value as possible into these 2 days. I’ve even cut out travel time (and costs!) by making the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp entirely online.

I know it’s easy to get stuck in a busy cycle. But if you don’t do anything different, your results will stay the same. If you’re dissatisfied with your enrollment numbers, this 2-day event is the perfect opportunity to learn my WomenTech Educators Training knowledgebase all at once and take the first step toward increasing recruitment and retention of female (and male!) students in your classes and programs.

“What will I ‘get’ out of the WomenTech Educators
Online Summer Bootcamp?”

The WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp contains 8 hours of content on recruitment and 8 hours of content on retention. You’ll receive my WomenTech Educators accompanying handouts, recruitment and retention plan templates, and the opportunity to have questions answered and participate through volunteering for the “Hot Seat.” At the conclusion of my Bootcamp, you’ll have the tools to put in place proven strategies that can help your STEM programs succeed, and help more female (and male) students along to fulfilling STEM careers.

Are you ready to...

  • Adopt a program-wide “female-friendly” recruitment approach

  • Communicate the benefits of STEM 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 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 retention

  • Develop a leadership team and employ them effectively

Ready to join us?

Secure your seat PLUS receive an early bird bonus if
you enroll by July 6th!

Early Bird Bonus! ($197 value):

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If you enroll by July 6th in my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp will receive our STEM Success for Women Telesummit Silver Pass! It includes:

CheckMark Downloadable audio of all 12 “STEM Success for Women” Telesummit sessions, featuring interviews with STEM educators who have measurably increased the number of women in their STEM classes and programs.
Hear how...
 
  • Dr. Charlie McDowell boosted the number of female students declaring a computer science major from 11% to 46%
  • Dr. Sheryl Sorby boosted female STEM student retention by 42% in one semester
  • Dr. Mary Anderson-Rowland achieved a 90% graduation rate for 2 STEM Academic Scholarship Programs, and much, much more.
CheckMark Transcripts of all the interviews so you can quickly refer to the recruitment and retention strategies you need—and don’t miss any valuable best practices
 
CheckMark Keep all the important strategies handy so you can benefit from them over and over again
 

 

Plus, you'll receive my 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school’s technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You’ll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We’ve made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don’t miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

The tuition for my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is only $497—an investment that can transform the way you recruit women to STEM and increase the number of women in your STEM classes.

The program and our gifts provide value that can be applied to your STEM classes for semesters to come.

I want you to have the tools you need to tackle the problems facing female STEM students at your institution. Remember, each and every one of you is part of the Women and STEM solution.

Join me for my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp and let’s achieve more STEM Success for Women!

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Enroll and you will receive...

2-day WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp $497
The STEM Success for Women Silver Pass
$197
The Women in Technology Outreach Kit
$150
The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography
$35

TOTAL VALUE $897

ACTUAL TUITION $497

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Empower Yourself with My WomenTech Educators Online
Summer Bootcamp!

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Your Bootcamp Pass includes:

CheckMark My 2-day Online Summer Bootcamp held from 8am—4pm PT (11am—7pm ET) on August 5th-6th, 2015!
 
CheckMark The content from my WomenTech Educators Online Knowledge Base
 
CheckMark The STEM Success for Women Silver Pass ($197 value)
 
CheckMark Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)
 
CheckMark The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography ($35 value)
 
CheckMark The opportunity to volunteer for the “Hot Seat” and get valuable feedback on your recruitment and retention action plans!

Join Me at My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp for Only $497!

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dealofmonth transparentNote: Enroll a team of 6 or more educators for our WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp by July 31 and get an Exclusive VIP Session with IWITTS Executive Director and Bootcamp trainer Donna Milgram -- just for your group! Just sign up your team of 6+ above and we'll automatically apply this Exclusive VIP Session for you.

 

I look forward to providing you with proven strategies and celebrating STEM Success for Women with you!

Warmly,

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Donna Milgram
Executive Director, The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science

P.S. - Without evidence-based strategies, it’s difficult to achieve gender diversity at your educational institution. Learn how to recruit and retain more women in STEM at my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp!