Power of Us
Increasing Female Enrollment and Retention in Career and Technical Education Programs
Durham Tech was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support efforts to increase female enrollment and retention in specific career and technical education (CTE) programs that are primarily male-dominated.
Through the Power of Us program, Durham Tech seeks to recruit, support, and retain more female, including female identifying, students to a targeted set of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This will create a more robust and equitable pipeline into in-demand CTE fields. Industries will benefit by having a larger, more diverse pool of skilled and capable technicians.
- Automotive Systems Technology
- Biomedical Equipment Technology
- Electrical Systems Technology
- Information Technology
- Computer Integrated Machining
- Welding Technology
Female-focused Learning, Support, and Retention
The program utilizes unique female-focused learning opportunities to increase prospective female students’ understanding of CTE programs. Positive experiences with the College are essential to increasing female enrollment. Once enrolled, students will be part of a supportive community.
Building a Skilled and Diverse Workforce
In response to local workforce needs identified by advisory committees and industry partners, the College will plan, schedule, and conduct engaging educational activities and career education and recruitment events to attract female students to the targeted CTE programs and keep them engaged once they are enrolled. This includes:
These monthly TED Talk-style events will be geared toward female CTE students and feature guest speakers presenting on a range of topics: effective résumé writing, personality tests, making the most of LinkedIn, being female in male-dominated fields, and other topics relevant to females entering the workforce.
Welcome and Get-to-Know-You Events
Held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters these events will provide the opportunity for female would-be students to learn about Durham Tech’s programs and meet with current female students and instructors.
Taste of Industry
Held each Summer semester of the grant period, Taste of Industry will bring high school career counselors from the Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools onto the Durham Tech campus, including breakout sessions in the makerspace, to learn about Durham Tech’s array of programs while engaging in memorable hands-on activities (e.g., setting up a wireless router, changing engine oil, and more).
The Power of Us will award female and non-binary students the cost of tuition and textbooks for the SEC-3100C Introduction to Cybersecurity course (section 90745), scheduled for January 8 - May 4, 2024. In addition, students that successfully complete and pass the course will receive a financial stipend.
To apply for this award, students must complete an application and submit a 500-word essay by December 12, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards do not require repayment unless you receive an award and then drop or withdraw from your class. Only completed applications, with a 500-word essay submitted with your application will be considered.
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