Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship

Increase the Number of Female Students in your STEM Classes
Free Professional Development Funded by the National Science Foundation

Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity! Save travel time and money when you attend the NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training from the comfort of your own desk. 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 was highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Training Starts: February 16, 2015

Application Deadline: January 16, 2015 - or when sold out!

Start Your Application Today: Take a minute to submit an Intent to Apply

Note: Apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly! The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application.

This fellowship is free for teams of 4-6 community college STEM educators. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Project or Center.

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You Will Take Away:

  • An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  • A retention plan for your program 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.
  • Plus: A certificate of completion and the option for a unit of continuing education credit from Fresno Pacific University.

Schedule/Time Required:

Time period: Training starts February 16, 2015. 5 weeks for recruitment training, followed by 5 weeks on retention with a 1-week break in the middle. A brief orientation takes place the week of February 9, 2015.

Hours required: About 2-3 hours per week. This can include the time to start implementing your team's plan and seeing results, even while the training is happening!

Training format: Presentations, handouts & exercises online, available to watch and complete at your convenience each week.

Live question and answer training calls the weeks of March 16 and April 27.

Exclusive online community forum to connect with other training participants.

After the training: Follow-up support includes live calls with your trainer on plan development and implementation.

Archives: All calls and sessions recorded and emailed out the next day.

Who Should Attend:

College-based teams of 4-6 participants consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented.

The Power of Teams:

Experience and research show that participating as a team sets you up to be successful and see results. Your team will communicate as a single voice during this program. While team members may watch modules individually at their convenience, 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 training.

Find out more about who should be on your team

What Past Participants Say About the WomenTech Educators Online Training:

"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

"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educators 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, Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

"The online training was very manageable because it was asynchronous. I'm always teaching an overload, but you watch the training videos at your leisure, and participate as you're able. Because of that I was able to integrate the training into my very busy schedule."

~ Dr. Cynthia V. Marcello, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY

Find out more and apply for the WomenTech Educators Online Training Fellowship:


For specific questions, contact us at or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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