Grant funds Collin College initiative

by | Dec 19, 2018 | Education

Supporting STEM for young women

Collin College’s Women in Non-traditional (WIN) Careers initiative has been awarded a $23,245 grant from High Tech High Heels, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, to support female Collin County high school students pursuing information technology careers.

The grant will fund the recruitment of 20 economically disadvantaged incoming high school seniors interested in careers in information systems or computer systems, as well as providing career coaching, wrap-around services including tutoring to support retention, and resources to help them navigate their initial steps into post-secondary STEM education. The students will complete six hours of dual credit education in their chosen field before officially starting college and will be automatically accepted into Collin College in the information systems or computer systems field of their choice.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, nationally in 2017, women made up just 25.5 percent of individuals in computer and mathematical occupations and 16.2 percent of individuals in architecture and engineering occupations.

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