Women in Technology Partners with
Emory Continuing Education:
Launches New Certificate Programs for Women in STEM Careers  

Women in Technology (WIT) is partnering with Emory Continuing Education (ECE) to offer three new, 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.

WIT has set a new goal: 50/50 by 2020 which means fifty percent (50%) of all STEM-related jobs that come to the metro Atlanta area by 2020 will go to women.  The certificate programs enable women in STEM careers, or thinking about a STEM-related career, to effectively navigate and succeed in a changing workplace.

What It Takes to Develop Self certificate program will address the needs of the STEM professional in an ‘individual contributor’ role within their company.  What It Takes to Manage Others certificate program will address the unique needs of the STEM professional who is a manager or ready to make strides in her career by developing management skills. What it Takes to Master Leadership certificate program will help STEM leaders gain skills required to influence and impact business growth and direction.

Dr
. Lynn Zimmerman, Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate and Continuing Education states, “ECE looks forward to partnering with WIT to offer a professional development certificate program for women in STEM-related careers. Dr. Zimmerman continues, “Our career-focused instruction complements the credentials for Women in Technology through extensive professional knowledge and guidance along the path to management, supporting their mission to advance women in Georgia’s technology community.”

Sandy D. Welfare, WIT Interim Executive Director, adds, “These programs allow working women, or young women just entering the workplace, to refine their skills to be more effective as individuals and employees within their companies.  The certificate programs give employers a chance to enhance the richness of the workplace.  When employees are confident in their skills and relationships on the job, you have happier, more productive employees.  Happier, more productive employees equals increased production and revenues for the company.”

What It Takes to Develop Self: As an ‘individual contributor’ the participant will learn how to communicate effectively and make strategic decisions within her career. The course is one day each week for six weeks for a total of 36 hours.  Classes start Friday, May 15, 2015 and will be offered in the spring and fall. This certificate program (3.6 CEUs) will take place at the North Druid Hills Road location: 12 Executive Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. To register click here: REGISTER

What It Takes to Manage Others: For managers or women wanting to become managers, the program offers the skills necessary to communicate with, influence, and lead effective teams. The course is one day each week for six weeks for a total of 36 hours.  This certificate program (3.6 CEUs) will be offered at the ECE Alpharetta location: 1725 Windward Concourse, Alpharetta, GA 30005. Classes begin Monday, March 23, 2015. To register click here: REGISTER ALPHARETTA.

What it Takes to Master Leadership: This program helps STEM leaders gain the skills required to influence and impact business growth and direction. This course is worth 3.6 CEUs for a total of 36 hours. Course dates are TBD.  Anticipated program dates are May-June 2015.

For more than 60 years, Emory Continuing Education (ECE) has served as the university’s noncredit division, with thousands of student enrollments each year from the metro community and beyond. ECE’s mission is ‘to enrich the lives and enhance the careers of nontraditional students by providing excellence in education, advancing Emory’s commitment to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge.’

Women in Technology (WIT), an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers — from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT has set a goal of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM workforce by the year 2020. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT is the largest, most active female-centered STEM organization in the metro Atlanta region.

Originally published on Atlanta Daybook