ChickTech High School

 

One of our signature programs is ChickTech: High School, a year-long program that supplements traditional education and provides educational opportunities and a supportive community for young women to learn how to create technology. Our focus is driving the participation of girls who do not see themselves as technologists but who have the aptitude to do very well in technical fields. We place additional emphasis on recruiting at-risk and low-income participants. By increasing their self-confidence and interest in technology, we increase the number of girls who aspire to technology careers. This important work is shaping the workforce of tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.

 

ChickTech Careers + ACT-W Conference

 

Another major program is our ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) Conference. In collaboration with local companies and non-profits, our chapters organize a weekend event with keynote speakers, interactive discussions, resume reviews, mock interviews, a career fair, and career and technical workshops for women of all experience levels.

 

Demonstrated Success of ChickTech Programs

 

ChickTech High School has shown tremendous results:
—55% of our participants had no experience creating tech projects before choosing ChickTech
—Participants who felt “confident” or “very confident” in their technology skills increased from 27% to 74%
—Participants who felt “informed” or “well informed” about technology increased from 46% to 91%
At the ChickTech Careers conference, ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Women in Tech), 92% of attendees felt welcome, included, and represented, and plan to attend the following year.

 

Growth of ChickTech Programs

 

We are continuing to grow the ChickTech across North America. We have more than doubled the number of active chapters and expanded the programs offered at our current locations. We are also rolling out two new services for companies—culture consulting and a job board to connect diverse candidates with inclusive and welcoming companies. We will continue to build a strong community of people actively working to create equal opportunities for girls and women in technology, and support women as they reach for the fulfilling career they deserve.

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