YW Tech Lab

Unlocking Career Opportunities in Tech


What is YW Tech Lab?

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YW Tech Lab (formerly known as YWeb Career Academy) is YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s FREE 4-month web development program which aims to challenge and transform the narrative surrounding underrepresented individuals in the tech industry. This program provides intensive technical training for the foundation for web development with the goal of creating a more inclusive and vibrant tech community where diversity is celebrated.

At YW Tech Lab, we go above and beyond simply teaching technical skills. We are committed to success by offering a holistic approach to learning experiences. We provide transportation assistance, financial coaching, access to affordable childcare and placement to ensure each participant’s success.

Our program is rooted in partnership and community. YWCA Evanston/North Shore has teamed up with esteemed organizations including Google.org, YWCA USA, YWCA Madison, and Oakton College to bring the best opportunities and resources. Together, we are dedicated to pivoting career paths and unlocking a world of possibilities.

Upon completion of the online course, students will have opportunities to pursue full-time permanent employment, paid internships, or freelance careers in technology through partnerships established by YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Students can also continue their education by participating in our Portfolio Workgroup or pursuing a Computer Information Systems Certificate, an Associate’s Degree, or a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Our Outcomes

After completing YW Tech Lab, our students are supported in achieving their goals. Here are some success stories from our YW Tech Lab graduates!

Are you eligible?

YW Tech Lab is designed to help women of color enter the tech field as web developers. Participants must meet the following qualifications:

  • High school diploma or its equivalent (or enrolled in a program that will result in a high school diploma or equivalent before completing the Certificate)
  • Interested in a career in the IT sector
  • Preferred enrollment opportunities for women, people of color, Cook County residents, those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, and those who receive a referral through a partner agency. Unfortunately, we are unable to enroll individual who live outside of the United States at this time.

How to enroll

Join us for our upcoming YW Tech Lab Information Sessions. Future dates will be announced here.

If you have questions about our application process, email Juan Fuentes at jfuentes@ywca-ens.org. Sign up for our Economic Advancement email updates