Women Tech Council has launched the Student Innovators program (WTCSI) aimed at increasing the number of women in STEM fields and careers by helping more women complete STEM degrees. To do this, WTCSI will integrate students with industry, provide visibility and leadership opportunities, facilitate mentoring experiences and increase access to workforce pathways, the organization said in a press statement.

“With more than 40 percent of the women in STEM degrees dropping out during their second or third year because they lack students, teachers or role models to relate to and engage with, there is an enormous need to support these women,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council and a computer science graduate. “WTCSI is designed to reach these students at this critical time and by doing so, increase the number of women in STEM fields by integrating them into a community that will help them become successful.”

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