Extending Equity into the Digital Workforce
Extending Equity into the Digital Workforce is a 4-year, US Department of Education-funded project that aims to increase readiness for IT careers among low-income youth, first-generation college enrollers, racially and ethnically diverse students, and other underrepresented populations in information technologies.
GOAL: Understand the benefits for ECHS students of enrolling in at least one online IT course and engaging with partner businessess, relative to not enrolling in any online IT courses.
OBJECTIVE 1: By the start of SY 2023-2024, EEDW will enter into partnerships with ECHS leadership to conduct a study of online IT coursework efficacy.
- By the end of SY 2022-2023, 10 ECHSs will execute MOUs with REC-1 to participate in the research study.
- By the start of SY 2023-2024, 1500 students will be identified as study participants for random assignment, and 2000 students by the start of SY 2024-2025.
OBJECTIVE 2: By the start of SY 2023-2024, facilitate partnerships between participating ECHSs and higher education partners for students to enroll in online IT programs of study.
- By the start of SY 2023-2024, each ECHS will have an agreement with at least 1 IHE for the delivery of online IT courses.
- By the start of SY 2024 – 2025, ECHS students will have access to at least one full program of study in an IT field delivered online through a partnering institution of higher education.
- By the end of SY 2023-2024, each participating higher education institution will have an ongoing feedback loop with their partner ECHS for collaborating on student progress.
OBJECTIVE 3: Establish business and industry partnerships to support student’s development of IT competency among students in IT courses by the start of SY 2023-2024.
- By the end of SY 2022-2023, 20 professionals from the IT field will agree to provide Q&A sessions, mentoring, and/or internship / capstone opportunities to IT pathway students; and by the end of SY 2023-2024, 30 professionals from the IT field will agree to the same activities.
- By the end of SY 2024-2025, 50 students will have participated in a capstone project in partnership with business and industry partners.
- By the end of SY 2022-2023, 30 videos will be created regarding real-life experiences in the IT industry, with multi-lingual accessibility by the end of SY 2023-2024.
At the core of the project is the development and deployment of a 100% virtual career pathway in information technologies, to be available through students through New Mexico’s early college high schools initially and then to all students.
Federal Project Award Number: S411B210027
Project Director: David Bowman, REC-1 Executive Director