STEM opened doors for me. STEM skilled people get jobs. We compete against foreign visa-permitted tech workers. And for them, President Trump will have less in number admitted to the country. He is limiting the import of techical-gifted foreign workers by 50,000 persons or more a year which is far less than a number Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook told him he wanted.
This executive action puts pressure on STEM educators to produce more successful STEM trained people. We say don't wait on them because you can learn a STEM skill yourself.
STEM training is good for the African American worker because it offers mobility. You can move and go where the opportunities are. If one part of the country is flat on its back, another part is booming! With my electronics communications education, the largest companies in the world were interested in hiring me and were willing to offer relocation, company car and other benefits to sign me up. For the 20-year African American male I was when stepping onto the job market the first time, I got a pretty good deal, considering the unemployment rate in the African American community. It is highest among black males.
STEM training is liberating. I know two young black females who recently graduated college. They both majored in a health science career field and have received great offers. One of my STEM skilled daughters changed about three times after getting her first in a very short while - each change cut down on commute time. The short lived positions posed no negatives on her forward career path.
This web site page advocates for STEM self-directed learning. You can get it for FREE. There is FREE STEM TRAINING available for you every day, all day long 24 hours a day, seven days per week. You can get FREE STEM training no matter what your income is. To get FREE STEM TRAINING, start here.
In Boston, you can hookup with FREE STEM TRAINING socially. You'll meet people from corporations, colleges and the entrepreneurial community. There are numerous groups meeting now -- too many to list here. I suggest NSBE, the National Society of Black Engineers, BDPA-Metro West and The Black Data Processing Association. Both are the old guards who update their activities.
You can get into the mix by attending free tech topic events. The refreshments are tasty. The best events are hosted by a long list of industry players and funded startups. Select something from the posted event schedules at MICROSOFT NERD microsoftnewengland.com in Cambridge or the the Roxbury Innovation Center roxburyinnovationcenter.com in Dudley Square, Roxbury.
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The Girls Who Code Clubs Program teaches computer science to 6th-12th grade girls. Girls who participate in the clubs will receive 40 hours of instruction from volunteer instructors in computer science including project based activities to reinforce concepts like conditionals, lists, and loops as well as skills like mobile app development.
Girls Who Code clubs are free and many are held at libraries and schools. Search for a club near you.
Some club locations:
Boston Latin School: 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
Boston Public Library- Teen Central: 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA
Brookview House: 2 Brookview St., Dorchester, MA
Cambridge Public Library (2 sessions): 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Dudley Middle School: 70 Dudley-Oxford Road, Dudley, MA
Everett High School: 100 Elm St., Everett, MA
Mario Umana Academy: 312 Border St., East Boston, MA
Match High School: 1001 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA
McKay K-8 School: 122 Cottage St., Boston, MA
Northeastern University: 440 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA
Public Library of Brookline (2 sessions): 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA
African American science, technology, engineering, and math STEM) workers stand at the forefront of innovation in the U.S. economy. Despite the success and academic achievement of African American computer professionals, they face increasing competition from temporary guest workers.
Boston Tech & Civic Leaders Band Together to 'Hack Diversity' by
Olivia Vanni - Staff Writer with Boston INNO newspaper says it best.
"Now, leaders in Boston's tech, VC and civic communities are banding together to do something about it. Hack Diversity, co-founded by Smarter-in-the City Accelerator alum Melissa James of The Tech Connection, is a new program connecting talented STEM students of color with strong companies in Greater Boston.
Hack Diversity shall remove barriers between Boston's local innovation economy and the Black and Latino communities" proposes the idea.
"Through HACK DIVERSITY, engineering and computer science students of color at urban universities can apply for paid internships at prominent companies throughout Greater Boston. In addition to gaining work experience at tech companies, selected candidates will be matched with a personal mentor."
"The Hack Diversity Mentor Network will consist of mid- and senior-level black and Latino engineers and executives who will coach the students one on one, supporting them and encouraging their professional development."
Sounds good, eh? Yes!
But Black-owned companies have been hiring STEM workers for years without any fanfare. It is their responsibility. African American companies hire more minorities than any other company in America. And the pay is competitive. It has to be because we know the talent is good. Applicants should get to know who the Black-owned and minority-owned companies are.
KUDOs to Melissa James and crew. No doubt, the press coverage of HACK DIVERSITY will educate the un-diverse tech leadership about people of color with abilities to perform. Black companies have been hiring skilled talent for years. For years! I know the tech corporate elite wants to diversify their ranks. This is to be commended!
Introducing the WOW Campaign of Massachusetts.
Check out the "WOW Campaign" video. WOW is a public awareness campaign about the exciting STEM career opportunities that exist here in Massachusetts. See how these students made out.
Use this MIT Open Courseware instructor-led course that teaches computer programming. MIT students are given these same lectures and course material. You'll be learning to program in PYTHON.
Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs. Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and has been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines. Python is free to use, even for commercial products, because of its OSI-approved open source license. PYTHON official web site