In order for Latinos, and other members of underserved communities, to be prepared and qualified for innovation, technology and telecommunications jobs it is critical we continue to create a pipeline of candidates equipped with a robust education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Unfortunately, STEM education has been routinely under-prioritized in school systems that have predominantly Latino and other underserved students.
To address this issue, ALLvanza employs a two-pronged approach:
First, we engage school officials, especially in underserved communities, to ensure they are aware of the importance of STEM education and encourage them to take the necessary steps to add STEM courses to their district’s curricula.
Second, we work with parents and students of all ages to help them understand the importance of STEM and get excited about the opportunities available through STEM education, including rewarding technical careers and lifelong hobbies.
(Re)defining Technology Jobs
It is a mistake to think that a “technology job” is restricted only to specific technical professions such as software development and network engineering. There are jobs in the technology and innovation industries open to individuals with technical skills at every level—from legal and creative services to construction and installation—and ALLvanza aims to educate our constituents and empower them to pursue a (re)defined technology job.