NFINIT Supports High School Program to Build Workforce Diversity
Building diversity in the tech sector workforce starts early in education. Art Lopez, from the Sweetwater Union High School District, has built the computer science program there to over 65 courses. NFINIT is proud to partner with him in building career pathways into technology for young women and people of color.
Data, according to Code.org and ComputerScience.org:
- Only about 22 percent of participation in the Computer Science
Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. high schools is by young women
- 13 percent is by students from marginalized racial and ethnic groups
- While diversity in computer science
continues to lack, computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow by 11% between 2019 and 2029, earning a median annual salary of $88,240
“When it comes to the computing and tech fields, far too few women and people of color are represented, and we’re working to change that,” stated Lopez. “Sweetwater students have access to many internship opportunities, but this is the first of its kind in computer science, with a focus on underserved populations.”
On Tuesday, October 6, KUSI featured on the evening news Lopez and the unique internship program built through NFINIT’s partnership with the school.