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)
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.
The top 10 highest scores from those participants that successfully complete the course will receive job placements services provided by HUNTER Technical.
The participant completing the course with the highest score for that program calendar year will be recognized at the WIT Women of The Year annual event and will be awarded a scholarship to continue their education.
Each participant will have the opportunity to learn playbook skills women need to level up their careers and lives. These online courses are offered for 11 weeks by WIT and Thrive-Her, helping single mothers get clear on their purpose, goals, and envision themselves with a thriving future. It will also elevate their personal brand by increasing their visibility in the community and help them learn how to build their own vibrant community of support. These online courses give each participant the opportunity to take this in the comfort of their home and at their leisure.
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 and Sheltering Arms to receive discounted rates to provide participants with free transportation to and from class and childcare (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.)
We provide this opportunity to 40 single mothers annually at no charge to them. The cost of this impactful program is $345,000 annually. Would you consider helping WIT help those single mothers that are in need and deserving of this great opportunity?