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By Louise Ann Lyon, PhD | December 1, 2016
Senior Research Associate, ETR
Why isn’t the tech field more diverse? And what can we do to change that?
One of the challenges is the so-called “pipeline” issue. We don’t have enough women and underrepresented minority students pursuing, and then completing, computer science degrees. That means we don’t have enough trained and skilled professionals to do all of the work that needs doing.
ETR has partnered with Google on a just-released study that can help us understand some of the supports and barriers that face women and underrepresented minorities seeking computer science education through a community college pathway. We focused on the experiences as described by students themselves who are pursuing computer science degrees.
Lyon LA, Denner J (2016). Student Perspectives of Community College Pathways to Computer Science Bachelor’s Degrees. Mountain View, CA: Google Inc.
By Jill Denner, PhD | November 28, 2016
Senior Research Scientist, ETR
Vocational education is making a comeback! Nationally, we are seeing new attention being brought to career-technical education (CTE). Revitalized efforts are seeking to provide students the mix of technical training and academics that will prepare them for real-world, 21st century careers. We expect this trend to continue. In fact, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation to provide support for expanded CTE efforts.
Computer science skills—including the ability to code—play a role in a number of the established CTE pathways. This would be true, for example, in business and finance, education, health science, information technology, and manufacturing and engineering.
ETR is nationally known for our interdisciplinary research, evaluation and program strategies aiming to increase equity and inclusion in the information technology (IT) world. Our recent research sheds light on some of the challenges—and potential solutions—to boosting the pipeline to technology careers for underrepresented populations (for example, females, Latinos, African-Americans). We believe this work is an essential component of our nation’s efforts to build an emerging workforce that is competent and prepared.
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