It all comes down to people finding or making meaningful and financially sustaining work.

Who am I

I’m a college instructor with an abundant IT career. I’m driven to stay current and create diverse learning communities with close ties to industry. Currently, I’m an Academic Technologist and faculty member at a community college in Northern California. I get to teach about technology and network security.

My work was originally inspired by the CSIT-In-3 program at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. One of the leaders of that program, Joe Welch, pointed me towards the work of Joanne Goode and Jane Margolis–their work has become the foundation of my research.

My compelling question

STEM talent in California is going to Bio and Engineering. How can community colleges stem the tide?2012 SREm graduates in california


What I know 

Students arrive with very little knowledge of computer science as a field. Things that work include mentoring, tutoring with approachable peers, culturally-based student support organizations, relevant project-based coursework, classes with students who have similar skill-levels, conferences and paid internships. Students who enter Computer Science without the typical computer geek background can catch up in one year in a nurturing environment.

What I think I know

Community college computer science faculty do not have the time to develop novel project-based coursework nor advertise programs and recruit students who do not see themselves as tech savvy and have little understanding of the computer science field. Programming tutoring is not widely offered. California minquals do not allow for the recruitment of the widest range of programming professionals.

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