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The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). SWE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, SWE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

SWE Learning empowers women to succeed at every stage of their personal development and professional careers. We support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in engineering through career resources, professional development, and one-to-one networking opportunities through live and online learning. Below are examples of SWE’s most popular live programs:

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Advance Learning Center

SWE’s Advance Learning Center provides access to a valuable collection of online professional development courses available when your schedule allows. New courses are constantly being developed based on identified learning needs, including career management, leadership development, inclusion, and cultural awareness; SWE leadership, including section vitality resources; and topics to support your self-development.

Access the Advance Learning Center using your SWE member user ID and password to access various learning methods. 

Tracks

SWE’s professional development is organized into six core tracks.

This track is inspired by SWE’s strategic goal of advocacy; focusing on advocating for future generations of women in engineering and technology. Examples of topics include:

  • Participating in or leading advocacy efforts (influencing public policy, techniques for communicating with Congress, etc.).
  • Best practices for developing K-12 outreach programs that encourage and support girls to pursue careers in engineering.
  • Developing strategic partnerships involved in K-12 outreach and advocacy efforts.

This track examines tools and best practices to assist in managing and advancing careers in a variety of engineering industries. Examples include:

  • Resume and interview best practices, salary negotiations
  • Techniques to manage various professional transitions
  • Techniques for creating and maintaining successful professional relationships

This track is inspired by SWE’s strategic goal of diversity and inclusion. Content address the challenges and opportunities that engineers face within the context of workplace culture and globalization. Examples of topics include:

  • Developing skills to be a more inclusive leader and team member to work effectively with others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Techniques and strategies to build and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • Research and approaches concerning workplace diversity and globalization.

Thought leaders from a variety of disciplines will share emerging technologies helping to make organizations more competitive. Examples of topics include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Data science
  • Machine learning

This track addresses topics to improve and grow personally. Examples of topics include:

  • Developing wellness strategies (personal care, balancing demanding work and personal schedules, etc.).
  • Self-reflection and assessment techniques to recognize strengths and weaknesses, seeking feedback from others, and learning from failure.
  • The importance of lifelong learning strategies and development.

This track focuses on how leaders shape the performance and success of organizations and SWE Sections. It includes the needed leadership skills to meet the myriad of opportunities, challenges, and demands STEM leaders face. Examples of topics include:

  • Techniques to develop a greater capacity to grow and support people and teams
  • Recognizing the importance of sponsorship
  • Strategic thinking skills and building alliances

Available Learning Methods

SWE’s Advance Learning Center provides a variety of learning modalities to support your learning preference.

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Live Web Session – live professional development content hosted online by SWE that includes audio and visual communication between attendees and subject matter experts (SMEs).

On-Demand Webinar (ODW) – previously recorded webinars available to accommodate the learner’s schedule. On-demand webinars are released within 72 hours of the live webinar.

eLearning Course – self-directed and self-paced learning designed for an interactive online learning experience using tools such as narration, videos, quick resource guides, and check-your-knowledge quizzes.

Mobile Micro-Learning Course – short, on-the-go micro-learning courses designed to be accessed by the learner anytime, anywhere.

Closed captioning – subtitles that are displayed during on-demand webinars and eLearning courses, and are available for hearing-impaired learners, non-native English speakers, and anyone who wants to read along. If closed captions are available, a learner can view them by clicking the CC icon displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the course player. 

Quick Resource Guide – downloadable resources to help learners apply content to their careers and lives.  

Live Event (face-to-face) – in-person learning events that are tracked in the member’s Advance Learning Center’s transcript. This functionality supports registration, attendance, evaluations, and certificates.

Discussion Board (communities) – allow learners to reflect on the learning topic at-hand, share, and ask questions about specific learning needs.

Specialized Areas of Focus

This specialized area of focus is professional development for key areas of expertise.

This focus area is for those interested in or actively involved in creating and maintaining new business ventures. Sessions may touch on (but are not limited to) themes such as creating a startup team, business planning, raising venture capital, new venture structures, strategies for product marketing, and licensing.

This focus area provides programming and participation for the LCR demographic. It includes presentations on a broad range of topics showcasing their career expertise and SWE legacy.

This specialized content focuses on ways to gain men as allies as well as content that
encourages men to be allies. It features allies who will share insights on their proven records
championing DEI.

This specialized content is used to identify techniques for organizational improvements and change.

This focus area identifies sessions that would be relevant to employees, managers, and owners of small businesses, as professional development and the path to success in smaller organizations may look very different than in large corporations. These sessions are not exclusive to small businesses and may be relevant to a more general audience as well.

This content is intended to provide resources to any engineering professional who has taken a career break for two or more years and wants to re-join the STEM workforce. The sessions are for both individuals reentering the workforce and organizations considering launching a program.

This focuses on topics relating to SWE governance and volunteer leadership. Many of the presenters are active SWE volunteer leaders within their section and/or are members of SWE’s leadership coaching committee (LCC).

This specialized area of focus examines various career paths and opportunities for women in academia. Administrators, faculty, and graduate students within the academic community will share insights, research, and experiences.

This area of focus examines various career paths and opportunities for women in government and the military.

Learning Levels

Each of us has unique professional development needs based on our previous experiences and future development goals. As a result, SWE provides professional development opportunities for three learning levels to allow you to select sessions based on your own development needs. The learning levels below indicate the level of experience with the given topic.

Focus on awareness and factual recall is appropriate for those with limited experience (0-2 years) with the subject matter. Foundational level content often provides an introductory or basic understanding of the content areas.

Appropriate for those experienced (3 -9 years) with the content who are looking to build upon and increase their knowledge of the identified content areas.  Can indicate that the session will result in application or analysis of topics.

Appropriate for those who have been actively applying the foundational and intermediate concepts and are looking to increase their expertise in the content areas. Advanced level content is often appropriate for those with 10-20 years’ experience.

Have questions about SWE professional programs? Contact learning@swe.org.