Workforce Alliance Projects

Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is a sweeping national talent development initiative for young women in computing and information technology, from kindergarten through graduate school. The Aspirations program is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.

 

AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program

NCWIT AspireIT connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments that are supported by program partners from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their program partners fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills.

Applications for NCWIT AspireIT Round 5 will open in November!

International Benchmarking Work Team

This team is working to publicize a new international benchmarking tool and report on technical women from Oxford Economics-NCWIT partnership as well as help shape a qualitative study on how cultural issues affect technical women on global teams. 
 
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  • Review and give feedback on a new NCWIT international research report on technical women.

Member Connections Work Team

This team works to increase ongoing communication, idea sharing, and interactive engagement among WA/EA members between annual NCWIT Summit meetings.

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New Resources Work Team

This team works to identify and prioritize where new resources or research is needed, and offer feedback throughout resource development or the research process.

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Pacesetters Program

NCWIT Pacesetters is a unique fast-track program where company and university leaders work together to increase their organization’s number of technical women at an accelerated pace. NCWIT Pacesetters employ innovative methods and set quantifiable goals to recruit untapped talent pools of “Net New Women” — technical women who would otherwise pursue non‑computing careers or would be at risk of leaving. Watch this video to see the Pacesetters talk about the importance of this work. In our 2010 pilot program, Pacesetters added or retained 1,685 NNW to the U.S. tech talent pool in just two years shredding their goal of 1,000. You can read more about Pacesetters results in this 2012 article in Communications of the ACM (CACM). Our 2013 Pacesetters have already made significant progress on their goal of 2000 Net New Women by the end of 2014. 

Resources-to-Action Work Team

This team works to help repackage existing NCWIT resources so that they are more actionable, as well as help determine a range of action plans for companies at various stages in the change process.

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