YW Tech Lab
What is YW Tech Lab?
YW Tech Lab (formerly known as YWeb Career Academy) is a FREE 4-month web design program which provides education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented or vulnerable populations, such as women of color, survivors of domestic violence, and low-wage workers.
YWCA couples this programming with transportation assistance, financial coaching, access to affordable childcare, and job coaching and placement to ensure each participant’s success.
The program is part of a national partnership with Google.org, YWCA USA and YWCA Madison. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is partnering locally with Oakton Community College.
Upon completion of the online course, students will have opportunities to pursue full-time permanent employment, a paid internships, or freelance careers in technology through partnerships established by YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Students could 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.
- Free to participants
- 16 weeks in length
- Completely virtual, online learning experience
- 10-22 students per cohort
- Personal laptop provided if needed
- Supportive services include:
- transportation assistance
- financial coaching
- referrals for affordable housing resources
- referrals for hot spots to access WIFI
- onsite childcare and/or referrals for affordable childcare
The program will include intensive technical training; students will learn the foundation for web development. Students are expected to complete work outside of class time and to be actively engaged in the learning process.
- Networking Skills
- Interview practice
- Resume writing
Students will also receive soft skills training, including situational workplace judgment, active listening, communication skills, and problem-solving. Hard skills, such as technical training, are required to get a job but people skills will open future doors and assist in sustaining and building relationships.
Graduates of the YW Tech Lab will be prepared for entry level employment as a Front-End UI Developer. All graduates will have the knowledge and skill sets needed to implement web design and practice development principles to create and maintain stable web-based software. Program graduates will be able to:
- Implement web design and have confident and strong development principles to build stable web software.
- Collaborate closely with teams to support projects during all phases of delivery.
- Build websites which are responsive and usable.
- Monitor website performance and rectify front-end-related issues.
- Communicate technical issues in an understandable manner to the team and clients.
- Identify innovative ideas and proof of concepts according to project requirements.
- Test to identify bugs and technical issues before and after deploying.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will be prepared to pursue full-time permanent employment, paid internships or freelance careers in technology through partnerships established by YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
Students will earn seven credit hours (from Oakton Community College) and may choose to continue their education by pursuing a Computer Information Systems Certificate, an Associate’s Degree, or a Bachelor’s Degree.
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
Next session: January 18 – May 12, 2021 (classes are 3 nights/week from 6-9 pm)
Interested? Fill out this form to register for our Fall YW Tech Lab Open Houses! You can also sign up for our Economic Advancement Program emails and we’ll keep you in the loop about all upcoming opportunities.