Applications are now being accepted for 20 moms in Weber County and 20 in Lehi to register for the coming Tech-Moms program.
The new program (also known as MotherCoders) delivered by RizeNext just completed its fall sessions, which were a part-time, 9-week training that took place every Saturday at Weber State University, in Ogden and Utah Valley University, in Lehi.
Participating moms gained the skills, knowledge, and professional networking needed to transition into or re-enter a career in tech.
According to RizeNext Founder and CEO Trina Limpert, 86% of U.S. women become mothers by age 44. The support for women who become mothers in the U.S. workforce creates tremendous uplift for communities and the economy. Not doing so would be a tremendous waste of human capital, Limpert added, since women drive 85% of business and consumer purchasing.
Limpert also pointed out that overall, during the season of COVID, women are leaving the workforce at eight times the rate of men because of the unavailability or inability to obtain suitable childcare and required homeschooling. Within the tech industry, the ability to work from home provides mothers the ability to continue their career development, retain benefits, and care for their families, even in the face of the additional challenges COVID presents, Limpert said in a news release.
Current plans are for the courses are that they are offered in-person with appropriate social distancing, but where necessary, the programs are remote. In either case, the Tech-Moms program offers child care support on-site or through a stipend for remote students.
There are at least 20 scholarship positions open for the Ogden program but applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2020. The program strives to have each participant cover a minimum of $200 of their costs as a personal investment in the program’s completion, but in cases of hardship, even this portion could be potentially waived, Limpert stated in a press release.