Building Confidence and Community in Computer Science: Kendra’s Story

Jan 23, 2024

After four years as a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Kendra was nervous about restarting her career – but she was ready to step into the next chapter of her life. She completed a certificate in Information Technology and quickly found that her real interest lay in the hands-on experience of building computers and learning about how hardware and software work together. She began to envision a career that would combine two of her passions: working with computers at a values-driven company and using her new knowledge to help women and immigrant families.

Kendra enrolled in Spokane Falls Community College for a bachelor’s in computer science, not yet entirely knowing what to expect. As her classes became more challenging, she also faced the challenge of entering a male-dominated field. She says, “In computer science and engineering, I’ll often be the only woman in a class of 30 students. I have had to remind myself that I do belong here. I deserve to ask questions, use class time, and reach out to my professors for guidance.”

For Kendra, WWIN has been a source of confidence and community that exceeded her expectations. “WWIN has been a huge help financially, allowing me to focus on school. But I really value the feeling of community it has given me. I’m a first-generation college student, and I didn’t know anyone in my field before I got started. Being part of WWIN and meeting other women like me really makes a difference.”

Kendra has thrived, making the honor roll on her first semester. Now in her junior year, her sights are set on a bright future and setting an inspiring example for her children. “I’ve gained a ton of confidence. When I feel like I don’t belong, I keep proving to myself that I do. WWIN has been a big part of my journey, and I’m thankful to be a Star Scholar.” 

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