ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced Thursday a federal grant of nearly $900,000 for an Alameda-based organization that helps to close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers.
The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive the $899,841 grant from the National Science Foundation to help increase enrollment and retention of women in community college science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
IWITTS provides training, technical assistance and classroom tools for educators and also works with employers to integrate women successfully into workplaces that are traditionally male-dominated, according to Lee’s office.READ MORE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
“I am pleased that the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science has been selected to receive this important and competitive funding,” Lee said in a statement.
“It is our obligation to ensure that young women are both encouraged and supported as they pursue studies and careers in STEM related fields so they are prepared to contribute and thrive in the economy of the future,” she said.MORE NEWS: 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
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