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Computer Classes Are Diversifying! Now, About Those Jobs

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Computer Classes Are Diversifying! Now, About Those Jobs

Davey Alba

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07.22.17 07:00 am

Wired

https://www.wired.com/story/ap-computer-science-2017/

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High-school girls are taking more Advanced Placement computer engineering
exams than ever before, according to a new report from Code.org and the
College Board. In 2017, largely thanks to a new test aimed at expanding
the reach of engineering classes, female participation in these AP tests
increased at a faster rate than young boys participation on the exam in
2017.

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For women hoping to have careers in computer engineering, this kind of
early training can make all the difference. The field of computer science
is growing so fast it outpaces all other occupations in the US. It's great
work if you can get it. In fact, 70 percent of students who take this AP
exam say they want to work in computer science. Trouble is, it's mostly
white or Asian men who land these high-paying jobs.

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Experts say to change that you've got to combat the so-called "pipeline
problem," educating women and people of color so they come out of high
school and college with the right degrees to enter the field. Heartening
numbers like this report are a good step in the right direction. But they
also belie the fact that getting women and people of color into the
pipeline is just the beginning. The real challenge is supporting these
engineers once they enter the fieldand actually hiring them in the first
place.

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Though the increases reported for women and people of color taking this
exam should be celebrated, they are fairly modest gains in the scheme of
things. This year, 135 percent more women took the AP Computer Science
exam than last year. Much of that growth, however, is because the total
number of students who took the AP Computer science exam more than doubled
on the whole to 111,262 studentsspurred on by a new AP course aiming to
broaden the reach of computer science and bring the subject to
underprivileged communities in urban and rural areas. Code.org says
participation from black and Latino students in the AP exam increased by
170 percent compared to one year agothough that combines two groups
together. it is possible the proportion of black students and of Latino
students, taken separately, did not increase faster than the rate of boys
who took the AP exam this year.

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Seeing these gains among female, black, and Hispanic students is a story
of how we can bring opportunity to people who need it the most, says Hadi
Partovi, CEO and cofounder of Code.org.

http://code.org

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Ten years ago, only 18 percent of computer science exam takers were women.
This year that figure rose to 27 percentslightly lower than the average
proportion of women employed in the tech industry, which hovers at around
30 percent. Its the same for young people of color: for nearly a decade,
the proportion of young POCs who took the AP Computer Science exam stalled
at 12 to 13 percent. But in 2016, 15 percent of exam takers were young
people of colorthen that went up to 20 percent in 2017.

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Also covered in this article:

Workplace Culture Still Needs to Change


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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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