Women Tech Council Launches Student Innovators Program to Retain and Graduate Women Students in STEM
State-wide collegiate program gives female students in STEM degrees mentoring, industry integration, leadership opportunities and workforce pathways
SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council today launched the Student Innovators program (WTCSI) to increase the number of women in STEM fields and careers by helping more women complete STEM degrees. To do this, WTCSI will integrate students with industry, provide visibility and leadership opportunities, facilitate mentoring experiences and increase access to workforce pathways.
“With more than 40 percent of the women in STEM degrees dropping out during their second or third year because they lack students, teachers or role models to relate to and engage with, there is an enormous need to support these women.” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council and a computer science graduate. “WTCSI is designed to reach these students at this critical time, and by doing so increase the number of women in STEM fields by integrating them into a community that will help them become successful.”
In partnership with collegiate, government and industry partners, WTCSI will create a model that increases the opportunities for women in STEM. Women currently represent more than 50 percent of the workforce and more than 50 percent of college graduates, yet make up less than 15 percent of STEM graduates. By launching this program statewide, WTCSI will help women across Utah already enrolled in STEM programs be more successful and complete their degrees.
“We created the Talent Ready Utah program to accelerate partnerships between industry and education to ensure that we have a workforce that can participate in our growing technology economy,” said Ginger Chinn, managing director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “The Women Tech Council Student Innovators program is focused on a critical area for the state—increasing the number of women graduates in STEM. This program will provide a model that increases our retention of students and that can be a model for other states in the country.”
The founding collegiate partners for WTCSI are the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and Southern Utah University. Key founding government and industry partners include USTAR, GOED, Utah Women in Higher Education Network, the Department of Workforce Services, Dell EMC, Myriad, RizePoint, Contravent, Workfront, IM Flash, Worker’s Compensation Fund, Health Catalyst, Lucid Software and Enablemint.
To learn more about the WTCSI program, visit www.womentechcouncil.com/programs/student-innovators/
About Women Tech Council: The Women Tech Council (WTC) is a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector through developing programs that propel the economic pipeline from K-12 to the C-suite. WTC offers mentoring, visibility, opportunities and networking to more than 10,000 women and men working in technology to create business environments focused on high performance, not just diversity, where men and women can succeed. This propels individual careers and the talent pipeline by ensuring a strong, diverse and entrepreneurial technology workforce.
For more information on Women Tech Council, visit: www.womentechcouncil.org.