STEM: The Search for More Women, African-Americans, and Latinos

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I recently found out about the NAIL-IT program at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. Being that I am a lover of anything that deals with technology, I couldn’t help but request more information about this new workforce development program. I was told by the program’s director, Barbara Hughes, that the school offers both degrees and certificates in Information Technology. Students can choose from three concentrations: Cybersecurity and Networks, Health Information Technology, and Software Development.

Essex County College is also actively recruiting underrepresented groups for this new program. According to their website, “Through strong partnerships with regional employers and the workforce system, and with support from leading national nonprofit partner organizations Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), Essex County College is reaching out to minorities, veterans and women, often considered to be non-traditional students in the high demand fields of Information Technology.”

I’ve come across only a handful of minorities in the tech field; it seems like out of that handful of people, the majority of them focus primarily on social media. I would absolutely love to see more minorities, especially women, challenge themselves by becoming STEM professionals.

As a technical writer, I think it would be great to have a background in software engineering. And I look forward to starting this program very soon!

What about you?

Are you interested in a STEM field? If so, I would love for you to comment below.

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