Women in Technology (WiTECH) creates hands-on learning experiences in the technology and digital media industry for Mercy High School students. With the goal of generating pathways for young women to enter into the technology and digital media industries, WiTECH also partners with companies such as VEX Robotics, Global Girl Media, the Society of Women Engineers, Lucasfilm, and Prynt to provide internship and workshop opportunities for students.
Benefits of WiTECH
Students who participate in this program gain unique experience leveraging 21st century skills and concepts in technology by participating in handson workshops. All students can become members of WiTech and achieve distinction upon graduation by completing any number of combinations of approved-WiTECH units.
Students are distinguished with membership to the WiTECH program through an accumulation of 30 WiTECH units earned throughout their enrollment at Mercy High School. WiTECH units are a combination of coursework, participation in technology clubs, lectures, out-of-school technology internships and workshops, community service projects with a technology emphasis, or coordinator-approved independent projects. All students who wish to become a member of the WiTECH program must take WiTECH I as a course prior to graduation from Mercy High School. Incoming 9th graders are strongly encouraged to complete the supplemental questions found within the admission application if they hope to start in the program the following academic year.
WiTECH Coursework 4 units per year
Completion of WiTech I-III, Intro Coding, or AP Computer Science with a “C” average or higher*
WiTECH facilitated speaker attendance or field trip 1 unit per event
Participation in any WiTECH guest speaker or field trip offered during the academic year.
Mercy WAVTECH Club Membership 3 units per academic year
Active membership and participation in any of the following Mercy student organizations: Skipper TV, Robotics Club, Coding Club.
Technology or Film & Media related Internship 3 units per semester OR 2 units per summer internship
Internships must be a minimum of 3 months at an approved technology, film, or media organization. Internship opportunities can be identified by WiTECH Coordinator or by the student.
Technology or Film & Media based Workshop 2 units per workshop
Workshops must have at least 5 hours of attendance and include a final product (short film, program, video game, etc.).
New York Filmmaking Intersession 2 Units
The New York Intersession trip will allow students to create their own short film by conducting on-location shoots in New York City. Students will also learn about filmmaking techniques from professionals in the industry and gain experience in screenplay writing, production, and acting.
Student Facilitated Independent Project Units negotiated with Program Coordinator
A student-facilitated independent project must be proposed by the student to the WiTECH Coordinator. The project must be technology/media related and presented with product and results to a panel at the conclusion of the project. This may also be included as part of their Senior Service Project, as Service projects should run for at least 4 months and must be documented via website or video.
*Approved courses that satisfy the Technology units may be added at a later time.
Click here for Application Form
Click here for sample 4-Year WiTech Track
Director of Educational Technology