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2012 STEMtech Conference (October 28–31, 2012)

  • SPSI
When Oct 28, 2012 12:00 PM to
Oct 31, 2012 05:00 PM
Where Westin Crown Center and Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City, Missouri
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Track Six: Recruiting, Retaining, and Transitioning Students Into STEM Programs

Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in STEM at Community Colleges

Expanded access to STEM careers has the potential to improve the well-being of low-income families specifically, while also generally strengthening U.S. competitiveness. However, women have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM careers and collegiate programs of study, a pattern replicated on community college campuses, as well. The presenters examine trends in women's pursuit of STEM degrees and certificates at community colleges, as well as promising institutional approaches designed to encourage better access, persistence, and completion rates in sub-baccalaureate STEM programs for women in general and student parents in particular.

Tiffany Boiman, Senior Outreach and Policy Associate, Institute for Women's Policy Research, DC; Mimi Lufkin, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, PA

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