Luring More Hispanics into ‘STEM’ Studies, Careers

By Sean Cavanagh — October 26, 2009 1 min read
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Many school districts around the country have seen an influx of Hispanic students, who also occupy a growing portion of the workforce in their communities. How can educators and policymakers encourage those students to pursue a college education, and a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (the so-called ‘STEM’ occupations), specifically? This week, a forum hosted by the Hispanic College Fund on Capitol Hill will explore that topic.

I’ve written a bit in the past about schools’ efforts to build non-native English speakers’ skills in math and science at an early age. This event looks the experience of Latinos later in the K-12 pipeline. A number of Hispanic students and business leaders will offer ideas on strategies to help students. The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m., in the south congressional meeting room, in the Capitol Visitor’s Center.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.