Women make up nearly half of the United States workforce, according to Pew Research. However, they still remain highly underrepresented in the skilled trade industry. A recent ‘Women in the Workplace’ study found that 40 percent of women in technical roles are the only women in the room at work. A lack of female role models, misconceptions of what it is like to work in a technical field and narrowly targeted recruitment efforts all contribute to the underrepresentation of women in technical careers. (McKinsey & Company)
While the percentage of women in the United States labor force has gradually climbed over the past decades, it is still significantly lower in the tech sector.
WIT is at the forefront of bridging this gender gap. We are committed to guide and mentor our participants to grow in their career by offering playbook skills and training women how to level up their careers and lives.
There are over 400K+ cyber job openings in the United States with entry level positions starting at approximately $50K per year to $117K per year for IT Security.
Women in Technology (WIT) and our program and funding partners are providing a Cyber Security Certificate program to benefit 20 adult single mothers, interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workforce education and employment, and are looking to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their children.
WIT in partnership with Cognizant Softvision, will work to find jobs for the top 50% of the class giving them the opportunity to get out of poverty and start a new career that will provide a great salary with benefits
The participant completing the program with the highest score for that program calendar year and is an ambassador of WIT, helping to get others involved in the program, will be recognized at the WIT Women of The Year annual gala and will be awarded a monetary donation to celebrate their achievement.
Each participant will have the opportunity to learn how to “Identify their Purpose and Vision for Life” based on their passions, desires and given tools needed to assist in achieving their goals. They will define their Personal Brand using the skills women need to expand on their capabilities to be successful in their careers and lives. These online courses are a 4-week series of Career and Professional Development workshops offered by WIT and our partner VWH Consulting. These online workshops give each participant the opportunity to attend in the comfort of their home.
Surveys, test results, and success tracking will be implemented for each participant to measure the success and metrics of the program with feedback also from the participants, partners and instructors on ways to improve.
WIT will partner with organizations like Atlanta Regional Commission to receive discounted rates to provide participants with free transportation to and from class and Sheltering Arms who will provide Child Development/Child Care Services (for 1 child, age range 1-4) if needed by the participant for the duration of the course (12 weeks-Saturdays). The childcare provider will also be teaching/training the children in technology so while the mothers are being trained in technology, so are the children.
WIT will partner with a food vendor to provide box lunches each Saturday through the duration of the program (12 weeks).
Each participant will become a member of WIT to further network with other women in technology and have the opportunity to volunteer at the WIT events and socials (a great way to meet executives in the technology space.)
*All the PROGRAM BENEFITS outlined above are provided Free of Charge to the 20 single mothers selected to participate in each program semester.
We provide this opportunity to single mothers annually at no charge to them.
The cost of this impactful program is:
$11k per single mother
$220k per semester for 20 single mothers
$440K annually for 40 single mothers