150 students from the Liberty Partnership Program & The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation in New York have been invited to Microsoft’s Manhattan office to learn and explore STEM-related fields at HACE’s El Futuro STEM Career Conference on November 15, 2018. This conference is the third STEM Career Conference presented by the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, expanding to New York after two successful Chicago conferences with Chicago area public high school students. The students selected for the conferences come from underserved Latino communities and public high schools. HACE’s El Futuro program is a career development program for high school students in Chicago and Houston, and is meant to help them achieve better college entrance and completion rates by improving their prospects for fulfilling careers.
The El Futuro STEM Career Conference will expose students to professions in STEM fields through interactive presentations, simulation workshops and a career trade show. Participating companies include AT&T, Capgemini, Colgate-Palmolive, JLL, Merck & Microsoft. Companies participating in this event have a commitment to developing a diverse pipeline of talent for the community.
“After starting this program in Chicago two years ago we have received tremendous support from other tech companies to bring the program to their cities,” says Michael Iacovazzi-Pau, Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives for HACE. “We hope to expand this to Houston and San Francisco in the years to come and spread the message to future Latino professionals that there are career opportunities waiting for them. Our job is to help student project themselves into high paying tech jobs and show them the possibilities.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM career jobs in 2015, with a 12% increase in new jobs by 2024. Over 99% of STEM employment typically requires some type of postsecondary education for entry, compared to 36% of overall employment. Hispanics are currently the largest minority group in the public school system but are underrepresented in undergraduate and graduate STEM programs. Less than 2% of the STEM workforce is Hispanic, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and only 16% of Hispanics and 8% of Latina’s complete their STEM bachelors degree. These statistics make it even more critical to expose Latino children to fields they may have never thought to explore. It is important to increase awareness and popularity of STEM-related careers in the Latino community.
“Our diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as our commitment to closing the gap in STEM made the decision easy for us to host and sponsor this important event,” said Antuan Santana, Community Manager at Microsoft. “We need to encourage all students to explore STEM-related careers and here at Microsoft, we’ve already developed programs and free online resources to inspire young minds such as our Digital Skills initiative. We hope that by these students meeting STEM professionals who come from similar backgrounds will also help inspire them to pursue STEM as a career path.”
For more information on the El Futuro High School Program, please visit https://haceonline.org/el-futuro-high-school-program/
The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Since 1982, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and a source of expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access them. Through professional development, resources and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers. With a network of over 52,000 members across the country, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop and retain Latino and diverse professionals. For more information about HACE, please visit www.haceonline.org