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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.

All classes are FREE, virtual, and can be completed at your pace and on your schedule. All culminate in a professional certification by Google.

YW Tech Lab is part of a national partnership with Google.org and YWCA USA.

YWCA Allentown offers Google Professional Certification courses in:

  • IT Support  Enrolling Now! 
  • Data Analytics   Enrolling Now! 
  • Project Management  Enrolling Now! 
  • UX Design   Enrolling Now! 
  • IT Automation with Python  Enrolling Now! 
  • Digital Marketing & E-commerce   Enrolling Now! 

YW Tech Lab is full for Winter/Spring 2023. Apply now for the Fall 2023 session.

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Program Details

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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.


Tutors Wanted

Are you interested in inspiring the next generation of IT professionals? Sign up to join our YW Tech Lab Career Academy as a volunteer tutor. Tutors bring their wisdom and experience in their area(s) of expertise to our YWeb students and provide academic support. 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 beginning in January 2023.

Volunteer now!