CHICAGO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and San José City College (SJCC) are forming a partnership to develop a blended mannequin of schooling and coaching supplemented by HITEC’s mentorship and skilled growth curriculum to create new alternatives for know-how college students from underserved Hispanic communities.

“Our HITEC motto of pushing up and pulling up summarizes our key tenant of service to our community. We will be focused on collaborating with the SJCC team to support the students that are working hard to attain a degree in computer science and technology”, stated HITEC Foundation Chairman Ramon Baez.

This partnership goals to improve pupil retention, commencement, and employment charges. Both organizations acknowledge Hispanic know-how leaders could be instrumental position fashions and mentors, with non-traditional and at-risk populations, as a means, to proactively deal with obstacles and drive influence for college students in new and inspiring methods.

“SJCC’s collaboration with HITEC is exactly what is needed to close the wage and skills gap in Silicon Valley and to open the door to technology careers for our students,” stated Lena Tran, SJCC Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovation.

The “digital divide” has exponentially elevated for Hispanics in underserved communities, particularly in the final yr due to the COVID-related challenges. This digital divide raises the challenges for college students to keep in class and threatens their future capability to acquire significant employment and take part in the advantages of a digitized financial system. 

Given the speedy digitization of the U.S. financial system and the world, making certain our Hispanic college students from underserved communities have entry to schooling, mentors, and alternatives to construct significant careers in know-how is crucial.

“HITEC is committed to being the leading organization for Hispanics in technology and innovation and to helping develop the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders. I am excited about the opportunity we have with the SJCC college partnership to build the pipeline of Hispanic talent from the classroom to the boardroom”, said HITEC Chairman Guillermo Diaz Jr., CEO of Kloudspot. 

Today, Hispanics make up 17 % of the workforce and 25 % of all college students. By 2030 Hispanics will comprise 22.4 % of the workforce and 30.3 % of employees by 2060. 

When surveyed in highschool, Hispanic college students say they get pleasure from STEM topics as a lot as non-Hispanic college students and aspire to STEM-related careers simply as a lot as non-Hispanics. But whereas there may be an equal curiosity, there may be nonetheless a major hole in Hispanic college students pursuing STEM-related careers.

The future is digital, we imagine each job can have a know-how element. The time is now to create alternatives in know-how fields for college students to emerge as leaders in a technology-powered America.  


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