ERIC Number: ED333943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Women and Minorities for Careers in Math and Science: The Role of Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
Community colleges can play an important role in increasing the number of people in the scientific talent pool and diversifying its ethnic and gender composition. In an effort to recruit more women and minorities into two-year college science, math, and engineering technology programs, community colleges are engaging in a wide range of special activities, such as offering vocational counseling, internships, and scholarships, as well as sponsoring on-campus events for high school students and developing articulation agreements with secondary schools and four-year institutions. A significant proportion of colleges offer programs to encourage women and minorities to enroll in science and math, and to help them succeed. Examples include: (1) Delgado Community College's Math, Science and Technology Summer Youth Enrichment Program for minority junior high school students in Louisiana; (2) Washtenaw Community College's program to upgrade basic skills for women and minority students in Mighican; (3) Connecticut's General Hartford Community College's Pre-Nursing developmental program; (4) American River College's special bridge program, involving linkages with both high schools and universities in California; (5) California's Evergreen Valley College's program which employs an all-Hispanic team of educators and community members to improve the retention and matriculation of Hispanic students; and (6) California's Occidental College's program which brings community college students on-campus into paid science research assistantships. Recruiting women and minorities into science and math careers will require a commitment to recruitment, career guidance, provision of necessary facilities and services, and a smooth transition from two- to four-year college. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Articulation (Education), College Role, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Females, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Mathematics Education, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, Science Education, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.