Awareness-Raising on occupational segregation issues and issues that have a disproportionate and/or adverse impact on women. Research to fill the knowledge gap on education and workforce-related issues adversely affecting women.
In the U.S. today there is a well-documented need for highly skilled workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Of particular concern is the growing need for technician level workers. The current STEM workforce is comprised largely of men – 73% vs. 27% - with female racial and ethnic minorities comprising only 6.9% of the workforce. While some businesses and professional organizations have identified the recruitment of women to the field as a solution to the demands for worker capacity, the problem of women’s persistent underrepresentation in STEM careers requires a multi-faceted problem-solving approach.
CWGCS is aware of the importance of effective pipelines to STEM careers. Through research on best practices in educational programs that recruit girls into nontraditional education and career programs, and building partnerships and collaborations with girl-serving organizations from the Capital Region and across the state, we are working to build a STEM equity pipeline that addresses and serves the needs of women and girls.
Nontraditional Employment & Training Project
The NET Project provides statewide technical assistance to Career and Technical Education institutions that sponsor Carl D. Perkins funded programs for nontraditional career options. The NET Project website provides timely and useful resources to support the mission of building a nontraditional workforce through expanded educational and career opportunities for students. A monthly newsletter, Spotlight, is distributed electronically to a state and national audience.
The NET Project sponsors the Vanguard Award, which recognizes outstanding secondary and postsecondary level students throughout New York State who are enrolled in Career & Technical Education programs that are not traditional for their gender. Held annually since 1993, the Vanguard Awards are presented to four secondary and two post-secondary students. Each year, photos of the finalists and winners are made in nontraditional career posters that are distributed to schools and institutions throughout New York State and the nation. The NET Project also develops and pilots model informal education programs to encourage middle and high school girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career pathways.
The Net Project is funded by NYSED through a Carl D. Perkins Grant.