How Silicon Valley Schools Are Trying to Boost Lower-Income Students Into High-Tech Jobs
Joanne Jacobs, The Hechinger Report
The kids who grow up in Silicon Valley’s Latino neighborhoods, the children of groundskeepers, janitors, cooks, and construction workers, rarely get a shot at high-paying, high-tech jobs. Just 4.7 percent of the Valley’s tech professionals are Latino and 2.2 percent are African-American, according to 2015 data from the American Community Survey. By contrast, 57 percent are foreign born, with many coming from India and China.
Some school districts in California, in partnership with various nonprofits and employers, are creating internships, contests, and engineering coursework to give teens from the area's majority-Latino high schools an entree to high-tech career opportunities.