ERIC Number: EJ711343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Transformative Connections: Community-Based K-12 Computing Program Strives to Strengthen Academic and Career Aspirations of Its Participants
Black Issues in Higher Education, v22 n2 p32 Mar 2005
The Joint Educational Facilities Inc. (JEF) computer science program has as its goal to acquaint minority and socially disadvantaged K-12 students with computer science basics and the innovative subdisciplines within the field, and to reinforce the college ambitions of participants or help them consider college as an option. A non-profit community-based K-12 organization based in Washington, DC, JEF familiarizes students with advanced computer science topics, including artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputing applications. An estimated 400 students from poor to middle-class households have been a part of the program, which aims to increase the quality and quantity of underrepresented minorities successfully entering math, science and engineering baccalaureate programs. In addition, JEF presents a compelling argument for the concept of supplementary education, the structured educational activities that occur outside formal schooling, and has gained attention from those interested in solutions aimed at closing the academic achievement gap between White/Asian and Black/Latino students. Many JEF students have earned college degrees in science and technology fields; former participants have also earned masters' degrees and at least one student has a Ph.D. in computer architecture. The volunteer leadership strongly believes that community-based learning projects can help significantly boost the participation rate of underrepresented minorities in math and science fields. JEF's partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), based in Illinois, is described.
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Computer Science, Disadvantaged Youth, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Computer Science Education, Minority Groups, Community Programs
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