College STEM Curriculum

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Historical data from the National Science Foundation reveals over the past few decades (African) American women earn a higher share of bachelor's degrees in psychology and social sciences than in any other broad S&E field. In the past 20 years, the largest increase in the share of bachelor's degrees black women earn was in psychology, followed by social and biological sciences. Their share of bachelor's degrees has declined in computer sciences, mathematics and statistics, and engineering. STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

 

STEM Education

According to the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, In the past 15 years India and China have outpaced the United States in the number of science and engineering (S&E) bachelor’s degrees conferred. Together, these two countries have produced almost half of the total degrees, with India at 25% and China at 22% of the global total. By comparison, American S&E bachelor’s degrees comprised only 10% of the global total, while the demand from U.S. employers for graduates with STEM degrees continues to grow.

Unfortunately, historical data from the National Science Foundation’s reveals over the past few decades (African) American women earn a higher share of bachelor's degrees in psychology and social sciences than in any other broad S&E field. In the past 20 years, the largest increase in the share of bachelor's degrees black women earn was in psychology, followed by social and biological sciences. Their share of bachelor's degrees has unfortunately declined in computer sciences, mathematics and statistics, and engineering.

STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.


Internships

Research shows that 63% of college graduates who complete a paid internship receive a job offer, compared to 35% who never interned. In addition, graduates with paid internships received a starting salary that was 28% higher than their peers without internship experience. In addition, recruiters often use previous compensation as a baseline for salary negotiations. Higher starting salaries impact graduates’ ability to repay debt and have long-term implications on career earnings. Merit raises are typically determined as a percentage of salary; hence, the higher the starting salary, the higher the raise.

Expand the availability of high-quality paid internships and apprenticeships. Education systems that combine high-quality career and technical training with college preparatory curriculum are particularly effective at preparing students for both employment and post-secondary study, especially when training required to obtain industry-recognized credentials is embedded in the coursework.


Mentorship

For African American young women there is a large gap in the number of caring adults available to help them succeed in STEM. Our goal is to provide our young high school women with mentors throughout her high school career.