A- A A+

What is YW Tech Lab?

As part of YWCA Allentown’s ongoing mission to eliminate racism and empower women, the YW Tech Lab program provides FREE education in digital skills to women and people of color, groups that have been historically underrepresented in technology fields, and vulnerable populations, such as those unemployed or displaced due to COVID-19, recent high school or GED graduates, returning or non-traditional students, and low-wage workers. YWCA Allentown couples this programming with referrals for supportive services and job coaching to ensure each participant’s success.

YWCA Allentown offers courses in:

  • Basic Digital Skills   Enrolling Now! Classes begin in September 2022
  • Fundamentals of Web Design  Enrolling Now! Classes begin in September 2022
  • Introduction to Front-End Web Development  Enrolling Now! Classes begin in September 2022
  • Building and Maintaining Websites Using WordPress  Enrolling Now! Classes begin in September 2022
  • Introduction to Back-End Web Development Using Javascript Enrolling Now! Classes begin in September 2022
  • Preparing for a Career In Tech  Enrolling Now! Classes begin in September 2022

Students who complete 5 YW Tech Lab courses (must include “Preparing for a Career in Tech”) earn certification as Junior Front End Web Developers.

The program is part of a national partnership with Google.org and YWCA USA.

Our Spring/Summer 2022 sessions are full.

Now enrolling for Fall/Winter 2022. Classes begin in September 2022.

Apply Now

Apply Now

Are You Eligible?

YW Tech Lab is open to all with preferred enrollment opportunities for women, people of color, those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, and those who receive a referral through a partner agency. Participants must have a high school diploma or equivalent (or enrolled in a program that will result in a high school diploma or equivalent before completing the Certificate) and be interested in a career in the IT sector.

Interested in Learning More?

Watch the video below to learn what the program is all about!

 


Speakers Wanted

Are you interested in inspiring the next generation of web developers and designers? Sign up to join our YW Tech Lab Career Academy as a guest speaker. Guest speakers bring their wisdom and experience in their area(s) of expertise to our YWeb students. Some areas of interest to our students include:

  • Project management
  • Starting out as a front-end developer
  • Career paths in web development and design
  • Entrepreneurship
  • How to navigate client meetings and expectations
  • Self-care in the workplace
  • Effective communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Financial management

Sign up to support our YW Tech Lab students during our next cohort, March-July 2022

Volunteer now!