Best Practices

Strategies

5 ways to get girls interested in STEM careers 

The technology world is going to have to get creative if it wants to inspire girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, Forbes contributor Christine Perkett writes. She recalls a conversation she had with a high-school student who is excelling in technology, but who could not name a female in the field who had inspired her. Perkett suggests five ways to turn this trend around, including featuring more female tech and business leaders in mainstream media geared toward girls. Forbes (8/15)

Steps to encourage girls to pursue STEM 

Engineer Karen Purcell offers five strategies for sparking and maintaining girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Strategies include introducing girls to STEM subjects as early and often as boys typically are exposed to these subjects, connecting girls with mentors in the field, community groups that support STEM education and national organizations and offering access to special STEM programs. Edutopia.org (3/7)

Blogs

How women can succeed in male-dominated fields 

Women need to take extra care as they navigate a career in male-dominated professions such as finance, science and engineering, Heather Huhman writes. She advises women to find a mentor, to always display confidence and to watch and mirror successful male counterparts. Forbes/Work in Progress blog (2/19)

Centers

National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science

IWITTS helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers -- such as technology, the trades and law enforcement. We also work with employers to assist them in integrating women successfully into their male-dominated workplace. In particular, we have worked extensively with law enforcement agencies.

Research

Millennial College and Career Readiness: Preparing Women for 21st Century Careers

Linda M. Suarez, Ed. D., Director of Career Services, Southern Westchester BOCES, speaks out about the preparation of women for employment in STEM-related positions in the SAANYS Journal, Spring 2013. Vol. 42

Career Technical Education Linked to Boys' High School Survival

Making the case for career technical education, researcher James Stone III presented findings today that show enrollment in CTE is a strong predictor of staying in high school—especially for boys.

Role Models/Opportunities

Women engineers rise to prominent roles in auto industry 

In the male-dominated world of automotive engineering, women are stepping into leading engineering roles at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. To help support women in the auto industry, companies have launched various initiatives, including mentoring programs and career-path management. USA Today

Website honors women in technology

A new website called "Grandma Got STEM" heralds some of the female leaders in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Those featured on the site include particle physicist Helen Quinn, mathematician Mary Ellen Rudin and chemist Ada Yonath. Science magazine (free content).

Websites

The NET (Nontraditional Employment & Training) Project provides statewide technical assistance to Career and Technical

Education institutions that sponsor Carl D. Perkins funded programs for nontraditional career options. The web site is designed to provide timely and useful resources to support the mission of building a nontraditional workforce through expanded educational and career opportunities for students.