Session 4K: Four Models for Including Community Colleges in Broadening Participation: A Call to Action
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri Mar 1, 2019
Hyatt: Northstar B (2nd floor)


While computer science (CS) jobs are growing rapidly, universities are not producing enough CS graduates to fill a projected shortage of almost a million workers by 2020 [1]. To add to this problem, there is a striking lack of diversity in the graduates of CS programs nationwide [2]. Of the degrees awarded, the overwhelming number - 80% - were awarded to males, while only 5% went to African-Americans, 18% to Asians, and 9% to Hispanics [3, 2]. Bringing community colleges (CCs) into the fold will enable us to confront this projected workforce shortage [2]. More importantly, it will enable us to diversify one of the most important fields of our time, computer and information sciences. Over half of community college (CC) students are non- white, and more than half of all Hispanic and Black undergraduates start at community college [4].

Amardeep Kahlon Professor & Assistant Dean, Austin Community College
Deborah Boisvert Executive Director, BATEC Center for IT and Computing, University of Massachusetts Boston
Louise Ann Lyon Education, Training, and Research
Melanie Williamson Professor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Wendy DuBow National Center for Women