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NCWIT: Counselors for Computing (C4C)

Org: National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Url: https://www.ncwit.org/program/bpcnet

NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides professional school counselors with information and resources they can use to support ALL students as they explore computer science education and careers. Participants in the program report that C4C influenced their understanding of computing Careers (91%) and 71% of former C4C participants said they had changed their counseling practices related to computer science.

C4C offers professional development, ranging in length from one-hour webinars, to one-day workshops, to two-and-a-half-day institutes that include advanced leadership development.

CISE researchers can become involved in C4C in a numbers of ways: (1) team up with counselors using “Counselors as Allies” resources, (2) host local C4C events and distribute free C4C Resource Kits, (3) promote the national expansion of C4C. The approximate time commitment varies by level of involvement (~40 hours).

Counselors are influencers and gatekeepers. They counsel and encourage high school students in their education and career aspirations, advise on course selections, and expose students to occupations through career fairs and internships. If young women are to get the exposure and encouragement they need to pursue computing, it is essential that counselors get up to speed on the knowledge and resources necessary to guide effectively. Through C4C, NCWIT offers professional development, ranging in length from one-hour webinars, to one-day workshops, to two-and-a-half-day institutes that include advanced leadership development. Each program is customized for immediate relevance. Presenters share national and local data about CS education and careers, invite technical people to speak about their career paths and work, and have young women share their accomplishments and aspirations in computing. Counselors try their hand at computing through interactive experiences, such as Code Studio and “Sorting Networks.” Counselors also receive C4C Resource Kits that they can use as they work to increase student access to computing education and careers.

Activity
Partnering

Level(s) Targeted by Program
High School, Middle School

URG(s) Targeted by Program
American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Women

Program Costs
Roughly $10,000 per one day event, $40,000 for institute 3.5 day event

Program Matching Funds Available?
No.

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