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National Science Foundation Gives Grant for Women in STEM

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science. (IWITTS Website)

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science. (IWITTS Website)

The Alameda-based Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive a $899,841 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase enrollment and retention of women in community college STEM courses.

The grant was announced last week by California 13th District Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

The award is intended to fund IWITTS’s online professional development about evidence-based practices in outreach, teaching skills and learning to increase enrollment and retention of women in community college science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.

According to the institute’s mission statement on its website, “IWITTS helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers, such as technology, the trades and law enforcement.”

The institute offers research, training and classroom tools to help STEM educators increase female enrollment in their classes.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.

The $900,000 grant for IWITTS is a small fraction of the agency’s annual budget of $7.2 billion.

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