• Single Mothers' Program

Women in Technology (WIT) and our program and funding partners are providing a Cyber Security Certificate program to benefit 20 adult single mothers, interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workforce education and employment, and are looking to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their children.

The Cyber Security Educational Program for single mothers overall goal is to support single mothers who are in college and/or working in technology to be educated in cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing fields in technology with an astounding workforce gap and shortage of talent.

This program for single mothers will offer 20 single mothers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity and information security, earn a Cyber Security Certificate from Emory, receive free transportation services, child care and development services, lunches while in class, laptops to help you with course work and much, much more.

Closing The Gap

Women make up nearly half of the United States workforce, according to Pew Research. However, they still remain highly underrepresented in the skilled trade industry. A recent ‘Women in the Workplace’ study found that 40 percent of women in technical roles are the only women in the room at work. A lack of female role models, misconceptions of what it is like to work in a technical field and narrowly targeted recruitment efforts all contribute to the underrepresentation of women in technical careers. (McKinsey & Company)

Program Objectives

  • Identify and describe the fundamental security features in an information system
  • Analyze and evaluate the information security needs of an organization
  • Apply the principles of information systems security
  • Assess the effectiveness of various security systems
  • Support the formulation, design and implementation of information security systems
  • Evaluate, and analyze security threats and vulnerabilities in an enterprise system
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of cybersecurity solutions
  • Maintain and troubleshoot an organizational information security system
  • Describe the structure and mechanism of IoT and its impact on the elements of cybersecurity
  • Explain the principles of incident response and management
  • Prepare to take the CompTIA’s Security+ professional certification

Program Details

20 single mothers are chosen to participate in the cyber security certificate program. We will recruit participants by sharing this opportunity with our WIT networks, our corporate partners, and our nonprofit partners to reach a wide demographic of underserved single mothers located throughout Metro Atlanta. The participants will be chosen by way of a committee made up of female and men technology executives including a technology executive that is or formerly was a single mother.

12 week course - Fundamentals of Cybersecurity and Information Security Continuing Education Program offered at Emory (WIT partner) by industry experts on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Each participant completing the program will be awarded a Fundamentals of Cybersecurity and Information Security Certificate of Completion from Emory Continuing Education. The intent is to increase participants knowledge and skills in cybersecurity and information security to provide needed education and a certificate for them to acquire an entry level position and/or further their career.

Once the participants have earned the Cyber Security Certificate from the program, WIT will further this relationship by offering each graduate 2 years enrollment at no charge to the WIT.


Postponed due to COVID-19

January 2021


Full Day
8:30am - 5:30pm


Main Campus

Women in Technology (WIT) and our program and funding partners are providing a Cyber Security Certificate program to benefit 20 adult single mothers, interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workforce education and employment, and are looking to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their children.

Course Benefits

Placement Services

The top 10 highest scores from those participants that successfully complete the course will receive job placements services provided by HUNTER Technical.

Recognition & Scholarship

The participant completing the course with the highest score for that program calendar year will be recognized at the WIT Women of The Year annual event and will be awarded a scholarship to continue their education.

Professional Development & Career Planning

Each participant will have the opportunity to learn playbook skills women need to level up their careers and lives. These online courses are offered for 11 weeks by WIT and Thrive-Her, helping single mothers get clear on their purpose, goals, and envision themselves with a thriving future. It will also elevate their personal brand by increasing their visibility in the community and help them learn how to build their own vibrant community of support. These online courses give each participant the opportunity to take this in the comfort of their home and at their leisure.

Progress Tracking

Surveys, test results, and success tracking will be implemented for each participant to measure the success and metrics of the program with feedback also from the participants, partners and instructors on ways to improve.

Transportation & Childcare

WIT will partner with organizations like Atlanta Regional Commission and Sheltering Arms to receive discounted rates to provide participants with free transportation to and from class and childcare (for 1 child, age range 1-4) if needed by the participant for the duration of the course (12 weeks-Saturdays). The childcare provider will also be teaching/training the children in technology so while the mothers are being trained in technology, so are the children.

Free Box Lunches

WIT will partner with a food vendor to provide box lunches each Saturday through the duration of the program (12 weeks).

WIT Membership

Each participant will become a member of WIT to further network with other women in technology and have the opportunity to volunteer at the WIT events and socials (a great way to meet executives in the technology space.)

Additional Course Benefits

  • Each person that successfully completes the Cybersecurity Program will have earned a Fundamentals of Cyber Security and Information Security Certificate of Completion from Emory Continuing Education
  • Each of you will receive a laptop to use for this course that will be provided by RNDC. If you complete the course, you will be able to keep the provided laptop for your own personal use.
  • Financial Literacy and Nutritional coaching provided by Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) as well as the Hearts for Community Service scholarship program
  • Life Skills and Career Readiness online classes will be provided by WrightNow Solutions
  • Each of you will be matched with a Mentor to support you during your 12-week course, and 12-week post-graduation support (Onboarding àEducation à Placement

Would you consider funding this program?

We provide this opportunity to 80 single mothers annually at no charge to them. The cost of this impactful program is $700,000 annually. Would you consider helping WIT help those single mothers that are in need and deserving of this great opportunity?

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