YW Tech Lab

YW Tech Lab

What is YW Tech Lab?

YW Tech Lab students

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. 

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

Upcoming classes

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.


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