August 1, 2015 – Women in Technology (WIT) is partnering with Emory Continuing Education (ECE) to offer three distinct Certificate Programs:

1) What It Takes to Develop Self, 2) What It Takes to Manage Others, and 3) What It Takes to Master Leadership. In addition to Emory’s high-quality instructors, participants will receive an Emory Continuing Education Certificate upon completion.

No matter what stage of your career you’re at, WIT has a program that can help you keep moving forward.  Our three distinct WIT CAREERS leadership development programs offer a series of intensive educational sessions to give you the tools you need to get to the next level.

Why has WIT chosen to partner with ECE at this time?

WIT has offered professional development training for many years.  Given our goal of 50/50 by 2020, this seemed like a good time to refresh the curriculum.  From the Georgia Department of Labor: 30,000 new STEM-related jobs are coming to the metro Atlanta area between now (2015) and 2020.  WIT, and a host of other organizations, are working to ensure 50% or 15,000 of those jobs go to women.  Given this ambitious goal, this seems like a propitious time to upgrade our professional development trainings to help women maximize their skills and talents in the workplace.

Should I consider signing up for the Certificate Programs if I’ve already taken WITs earlier professional development trainings?

Yes! The three Certificate Programs are brand new courses, using Emory instructors, to reflect the changing dynamics in a 21st century workplace.

When will the classes be offered?

In the Fall, 2015.

Where will the classes be offered?

What It Takes to Develop Self certificate program classes start Friday, October 2nd for 6 Fridays  (9:00 AM – 4:00PM) at Emory Continuing Education, 12 Executive Park Drive, Suite 100, ATL, GA 30329.  The successful candidate will receive an Emory Continuing Education Certificate in Business Skills (3.6 CEUs).

What It Takes to Manage Others certificate program classes start Friday, September 18th for 6 Fridays (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) at Emory Continuing Education, 12 Executive Park Drive, Suite 100, ATL, GA 30329. The successful candidate will receive an Emory Continuing Education Certificate in Management Skills (3.6 CEUs).

What It Takes to Master Leadership certificate program classes start Thursday, September 24th for 3 Thursdays and 3 Fridays (9:00AM – 4:00PM) every other week.  The successful candidate will receive an Emory Continuing Education Certificate in Leadership Skills (3.6 CEUs).

Are the Certificate Programs available to any women in a corporate job?

These courses are specifically designed for women in STEM-related positions. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math.  There is some discussion about expanding STEM to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts (as it relates to technology: graphic design for example) and math. The ideal candidate will be in a STEM job or considering going into a STEM profession.

Can I receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for taking this course?

Yes, each Certificate Program is worth 3.6 CEUs or 36 hours.

Can men participate in the Certificate Programs?

For now we are focused on enhancing the skills of women in the workplace. At a later date, we may consider opening up the classes to men. 

Should we take the Certificate Programs in sequence? 

Yes and no.  They are designed to reflect the natural progression of a career in corporate America.  “Develop Self” is focused on the “individual contributor.” “Manage Others” is designed to give women the skills to effectively manage others. “Master Leadership” will prepare you for the highest levels of management.  However, you can take just one course, a mix of two courses or all three depending on where you are in your career track.

How long are the classes?

One day each for six weeks: from 9am – 4pm; Master Leadership is two days each week every other week over a six week period.

Will the Certificate be from Women in Technology or Emory Continuing Education?

Emory Continuing Education.

How can I convince my employer to put up the funds for me to take this course?

We are confident the WIT/ECE Certificate Programs will enhance the ability and capability of any employee working in a STEM-related career.  If your company offers tuition assistance, you should ask whether or not that assistance will cover an Emory Continuing Education program. You might also suggest your employer consider sending more than one employee to a given course.  Sending a cohort raises the bar enabling a team of employees to become more effective in the workplace.

What if I’m unemployed and taking this course could help me regain employment?  How can I obtain the resources for the Certificate Programs?

The State of Georgia is divided into 20 Workforce Investment Areas.  Each area has a Jobs Center.  These centers offer assistance to those seeking employment, including tuition assistance when returning to school and upgrading skills is necessary to reenter the jobs market.  An application process is involved.  Emory Continuing Education is on the list of approved schools for which tuition assistance is available.  Please contact your local Workforce Development Center for more information. The Georgia WIA Resource Guide has contact information: address and phone number for the various Job Centers.

Is there an application process?

All employees in a STEM-related career are welcome to register for one of our programs of choice.  You can view more information about the curriculum, location, registration deadlines, and registration at https://mywit.site-ym.com/?CareersInAction2015 or for assistance with registration, you can email info@mywit.org

PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked to log in to register. Our new system will allow you to register for all events, applications, etc. If you did not receive an email with log in information as a past attendee, just create a new profile.  Once you have created a new profile, you will be able to complete the online registration form.

Do I have to enroll in all of the classes or can I select the ones I want?

Each of our three tracks is considered an individual program.  Each individual program consists of six courses (classes). While you do not need to take any of the programs in sequence, you will need to complete all of the courses (classes) within the specific program you have selected to be awarded a certificate of completion.

Do you offer any discounts?

We do not offer any discounts at this time, but if you are interested in learning more about obtaining resources for continuing education, Please contact your local Workforce Development Center for more information. The Georgia WIA Resource Guide has contact information: address and phone number for the various Job Centers where you can learn more about tuition assistance and the application process.

What happens if I miss a class?

Students will be allowed to miss one class and still be able complete the certificate program. However, if you miss a class, and would like to make it up, you will be allowed to sit in on a scheduled section of the same course at no additional charge (assuming we run the program again in the spring), provided there is space in the class.