Science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – majors can lead to high-paying jobs, especially in Houston where many industries rely on people with that knowledge. And yet, there are some disparities when it comes to which students participate in such STEM programs. According to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, African-Americans make up just 5 percent of those who graduate with engineering degrees. Hispanic students account forÂ about 8 percent. And although women make up half of the nationâs workforce, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration reports they hold less than a quarter of such jobs. Why?
On this edition ofÂ Houston Matters, we explore why more women and minorities donât pursue those degrees, and we learn about efforts to change that trend.
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