TECHNOLOGY

Local program looks to help women break into tech industry

Oct 11, 2021, 8:00 AM
Summer School Programs for High School Students...
Photo: Adobe Stock

SALT LAKE CITY — A local program called Tech Moms is giving women the skills they need to land tech jobs. 

Tech Moms

The Tech Moms program offers a foundational education in coding, cyber security, and data science. Tech Moms also features workshops with guest speakers. 

Tech Moms founder and RizeNext CEO Trina Limpert says the program is structured to be accommodating to those who sign up. 

“Really trying to make sure that being a mom isn’t a barrier,” said Limpert. 

The program is currently offered at Weber State University, Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College. 

Limpert says they are seeking additional funding to offer Tech Moms at other institutions around the state. 

Classes are offered Saturdays and childcare is provided. 

Local program is changing perceptions

In an industry dominated by men, Limpert says Tech Moms is also about changing attitudes. 

“Tech jobs are mom jobs. The remote working, the flexibility, the opportunities that are there, the higher pay, the gender wage gap is lower in tech,” said Limpert. 

She says they receive applications from different age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and career paths. 

“We have high school graduates to doctorates. We have women that have said for decades ‘I wanted to be in tech, I just didn’t know how’. We’ve taken women that are in their 50s that were executives at banks and transitioned them into tech roles at various tech companies here in Utah,” Limpert said. 

According to Limpert, Tech Moms has more than 80 alumni. She says there are currently 60 women enrolled in classes. 

The program also appears to be quite popular. Limpert says they currently have a backlog of as many as 300 women trying to get in. 

More information is available at www.tech-moms.org.

Today’s Top Stories

Technology

Amazon email...
Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN Business

Amazon is always watching

At an invite-only press event last week, Amazon unveiled a long list of product updates ahead of the holiday shopping season that appear designed to further insert its gadgets and services into every corner of our homes with the apparent goal of making everything a little easier.
1 day ago
Trucks are lined up for sale at Low Book Sales in Lindon on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Most new vehicl...
Heather Kelly

Automatic emergency braking should only be used as a last resort

AAA of Utah says automatic emergency braking systems have limitations and should only be used as a last resort to prevent a crash.
4 days ago
Netflix gaming...
Catherine Thorbecke, CNN Business

Netflix to open its own video game studio as part of gaming pivot

The streaming giant is building its first in-house video game studio in Helsinki, Finland, as it expands its empire over mobile games.
5 days ago
(Photo courtesy of Salt_Verse on Twitter)...
Rachel Metz, CNN Business

This guy is using AI to make movies — and you can help decide what happens next

"Salt" resembles many science-fiction films from the '70s and early '80s. The way it was created points to what could be a new frontier for making movies.
8 days ago
Google googled phrases...
Aubri Wuthrich

A Google analysis shows which words are the most confusing to Americans

Americans use Google to define terms that are confusing for them, this study shows which terms are most commonly searched.
10 days ago
DWR law enforcement truck pictured. The Utah DWR will use drones to help with wildlife management...
Britt Johnson and Elizabeth Weiler

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources launches new drone law enforcement team

Utah has created its new drone law enforcement team, designed to get a better look at wildlife crimes like poaching and trespassing. 
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Local program looks to help women break into tech industry