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?
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.