ERIC Number: ED246921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Barriers to Employment of Hispanics.
Although Hispanic-Americans are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States and have higher participation rates for males in the workforce than Whites or Blacks, there continue to be significant barriers to the employment of Hispanics. The major barriers to job success include lack of English proficiency and early withdrawal from the educational process. For these and other reasons, Hispanics are underrepresented in white-collar jobs, in technical professions, and in the percentage of bachelor's degree recipients in scientific disciplines. A recent study pointed to five major differences between non-minority and Hispanic students in technical programs in community colleges: (1) Hispanics dominated the low-income categories in family income levels; (2) Hispanic students owned fewer sophisticated toys, such as calculators and power tools; (3) fewer Hispanic students held employment prior to college enrollment; (4) fewer Hispanic students' fathers held occupations in technical fields; and (5) fewer Hispanics discussed career choices with guidance counselors in high school. If these differences are not to become the basis for the continued exclusion of Hispanics from important areas of the labor force, an effort must be made to support special programs for Hispanic students in community colleges. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Hispanic Concerns Roundtable of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (Phoenix, AZ, May 23-24, 1984).