Hollins University and Sweet Briar College Join the Women in STEM Alliance

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and Sweet Briar College in Virginia are founding partner institutions for a new women-focused professional development program that offers students technology and career readiness skills. The two women’s educational institutions are joining with technology company Cognosante, based in Falls Church, to launch the Women in STEM Alliance which seeks to prepare women for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Women in STEM Alliance features a 10-week paid Summer College Analyst Program, which assigns students with managers and departments aligned to their academic goals; a semester-long paid Scholars Program, in which students can earn college credit while working full-time at a Cognosante office; and the Cognosante Campus Connection, a series of on-campus seminars, speaking engagements, and mentoring. As part of the program, Cognosante customizes aspects of the experience to address known challenges for women in the workforce, specifically securing opportunities, gaining access, and developing leadership skills.

“This immersive program provides hands-on experience to accelerate the start of a STEM career. It also gives students with non-technical aspirations the chance to work in the tech industry and develop the skills needed for a career in business, strategy, or operations,” said Jackie Ackerman, vice president of data science at Cognosante. “We are excited to provide Hollins and Sweet Briar students with an opportunity to develop highly applicable skills and expand their professional network.”

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