California: How Silicon Valley Schools Are Trying to Boost Lower-Income Students Into High-Tech Jobs

"The kids who grow up in Silicon Valley's Latino neighborhoods, the children of groundskeepers, janitors, cooks and construction workers, rarely get a shot at high-paying, high-tech jobs. Just 4.7 percent of the Valley's tech professionals are Latino and 2.2 percent are African-American, according to 2015 data from the American Community Survey," according to The Hechinger Report.

"By contrast, 57 percent are foreign born, with many coming from India and China, a local industry group estimates.

Across California, Latino and black students, many from low-income families, earn lower scores on state exams than white or Asian students and are far less likely to take the advanced math and science classes that prepare students for high-tech majors and careers. Bay Area nonprofits are working with schools to improve math proficiency. For example, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's summer program, Elevate Math, is raising algebra readiness, a critical first step on the STEM success track.

 

Publication Date: 6/11/2018

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