Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Community Colleges (March 20, 2012)
Mar 20, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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for Low-Income Women and Student Parents
In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
at Community Colleges
The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
- Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director, Women's Bureau, United States Department of Labor
- Roberto J. Rodriguez, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for White House Education Policy
- Cynthia Costello, Ph.D., Director, Costello Consulting and the author of the report
- Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Ph.D., Executive Director, Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM), Connecticut Community Colleges
- A student parent enrolled in RCNGM program
- Pamela Brown, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation
- Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director, The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
As the nation seeks to expand access to high-quality, postsecondary degrees through our community colleges, we must innovate to expand women's access to careers in STEM fields, where their representation remains stubbornly low.
IWPR shared findings from our new report, Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Women and Student Parents in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Community Colleges, which examines trends in women's pursuit of STEM degrees and certificates at the community college level, highlighted a variety of promising approaches at community colleges around the nation, and articulated a set of policy and program recommendations for improving women's access to and completion of STEM degrees and certificates. The panel also discussed student experiences, current policy initiatives, labor market demand for women in STEM occupations, and the steps being taken to increase the proportion of low-income women and student parents in STEM programs.