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Fleming College women in technology program gets boost from Fletcher Foundation

Fleming College is launching a new program to help young women enter skills development and training programs in the trades and technology sector.

The Building Bridges for Women in Trades and Technology Program aims to attract females into trades and technology programs, increase retention and ultimately improve graduation rates. The program will support 30 students annually and provide them with financial scholarships, access to professional mentors, and networking opportunities.

Recently, the program received $5,000 from the Fletcher Foundation's Enhancing Educational Experience (EEE) Grant.  And an anonymous donor matched the contribution, which has resulted in a $10,000 total investment in the program.  These funds have been directed towards the mentorship portion of the program, with a focus on Fleming's technology-related programs.
“The Fletcher Foundation is excited to be a part of Fleming’s efforts to encourage success, empower growth and support the resilience of their female students, which ultimately will benefit the future of the technology profession as a whole,” says Bob Jameson, C.E.T., Fellow OACETT.  “The Foundation’s EEE Grant supports programs that enhance educational opportunities at Ontario colleges that help students reach their full potential, and Fleming’s Building Bridges for Women in Trades and Technology Program embodies this goal.”

Thoroughly pleased with Fletcher’s investment in Fleming’s female technology students, Pam Stoneham, dean of the School of Trades and Technology, says, “I am extremely grateful for the financial support provided by the Fletcher Foundation. It has helped us to build the program and mentorship capacity from the outset, demonstrating the Foundation’s leadership and commitment to women in technology.”

By promoting the benefits of the trades and technology sectors to female high school students, coupled with scholarship funding, professional mentorship and networking opportunities, Fleming hopes to boost female interest in the rewarding careers available in trades and technology.

The mentorship portion of the program will consist of one-on-one and group mentoring opportunities where students will be paired with a female advisor. Mentors will help students navigate obstacles and challenges that women face throughout their professional life. Also, students will have access to ongoing support in their learning journey through webinars and panel discussions delivered by inspirational women in the sector during the program.

Watch the video about the Building Bridges for Women in Trades and Technology Program.

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