In 2017, Mohawk College participated in a Canada 150 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshop. Participants at this workshop identified the need for females in technology to network as a community.
Also in 2017, Mohawk conducted a research project on women in trades that confirmed that while the general workforce is comprised of both men and women, in skilled trades only 3-5% of the workforce is comprised of women. As the average age of skilled trade workers approaches retirement, there is a clear opportunity for women and other underrepresented groups to seek rewarding careers in skilled trades. As a result of these findings, Women in Technology & Trades (WiTT) was formed.
“I joined the WiTT team as soon as I began as a software support student at Mohawk College and immediately loved the sense of community and shared purpose I found there. I was hired on as a part-time student employee for the WiTT team and made so many amazing connections at the college. I am now working full-time as the student development coordinator in the Student Life department. I'm very grateful for the amazing experience I gain by working with WiTT!” – Marita Linde’ 22 (Computer Systems Technician – Software Support)
- Mentoring and coaching
- Networking opportunities
- Career exploration
- Pathways for success
WiTT welcomes industry, staff, students and faculty across all areas of the college and encourages all genders, backgrounds, races and orientations to become involved and contribute to the support of women in technology and/or trades.
Learn more about Mohawk’s WiTT group by visiting Women in Technology & Trades
This story originally appeared in the print issue of Fall 2022 InTouch magazine.