Verizon Innovative Learning Program for Minority Males
FIU PATHWAYS TO STEM
Midnight May 25th
African-American and Latino make “face tremendous obstacles navigating the American educational system,” and due to systemic shortcomings, they have limited access to advanced STEM courses and hands-on STEM programs.
Ensuring the availability of highly- and appropriately-skilled talent—with the STEM skills needed for success in the innovation economy—is one of the most pressing challenges facing businesses in Florida. The STEM gap is of great concern, especially among minorities. Blacks and Latinos represent 28% of the U.S. population yet account for only 7% of America’s STEM workforce. Under-represented minorities often do not get an opportunity to map their path to college and be exposed to the STEM profession early in their career. Miami-Dade County represents the fourth largest school district in the nation, with significantly large populations of under-represented minorities who are bound to shape the future of this nation. Miami-Dade County Public Schools graduates about 25,000 students each year. The role of a healthy technology eco-system is to enable these graduates to decide on their profession well before their senior year, and to help them build a solid academic foundation early on to pursue STEM professions.
FIU is committed to engaging students of the Miami-Dade County public school system. This commitment is further enriched by the fact that 82% of FIU’s 50,000+ students are minorities. FIU is one of the nation’s largest and most diverse public institutions of higher education. The university recruits, retrains, and graduates an ethnically diverse student body to increase representation of minorities across all STEM areas. Among universities in the continental United States, FIU awards the highest number of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering to Latinos. The university has built strong partnerships with local school districts, including after-school and summer programs, dual enrollment and research initiatives for K-12 teachers. In cooperation with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FIU sponsors various programs targeting elementary, middle and high school students to increase the number of minorities who pursue a STEM degree and career.
Registration is only for the following schools:
- Kinloch Park Middle School
- West Miami Middle School
- JFK Middle School
- Norland Middle School
- M.A. Milam Middle School
- Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School