- Gender Equity: Gender Equity is a statewide initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Gender Equity promotes fairness in vocational technical education, and bring more balance to our work force. It seeks to increase the enrollment and completion of students in programs of study and in actual jobs that are considered nontraditional for their gender. A program or occupation is deemed "nontraditional" when 80% of students or employees are of the same sex. Many nontraditional careers for women require a solid background in math and science.
The Gender Equity Project Staff provide training for teachers, faculty, guidance staff, support staff, and administrators in public school. Project staff also provide educational outreach to parents, schools, businesses, community groups, in addition to career days with a gender equity focus. The catalog of trainings, workshops, presentations, and technical assistance includes:
For High School Staff:
- Increasing the Enrollment, successful completions and placement of Females in Nontraditional Fields
- The On-Going Challenge: Promoting Gender Equity in Vocational Technical High Schools
- Education Reform Through Gender Equity Part 1: Curriculum Development
- Education Reform Through Gender Equity Part 2: Instructional Practices
- Strategies for administrators who strive to Create and Maintain Gender fair School Environments
- Math, Science, Computers and Technologies:
- Keeping Career Development Alive- Designing Comprehensive and Gender Fair Career Development Programs
- Increasing the Placement of Nontraditional Students in Business and Industry
- Gender Equity Issues for Young Women of Color in Vocational Technical High Schools
- Employability Equity for Work-Based Learning
- Career Options for Young Women- Trades, technologies, Math and Sciences
Key Words: Promoting women and minorities
Contact: Colleen Doherty (Director) 781-7822 ext. 3191
- Tech Prep: The Tech Prep program is a partnership between some western Massachusetts high schools and three community colleges, Holyoke Community College, Green field Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Through the program, students get a head start in high school toward technical training at the college level. The goal of Tech Prep is to improve the abilities of students to successfully enter the work force. It consists of a comprehensive educational plan tied to career objectives. A Tech Prep program is a four-year sequential offering utilizing academic and vocational courses that lead to advanced skill enhancement.
STCC is affiliated with the following high schools: Chicopee High School, Minnechaug Regional High School, Commerce High School, Ludlow High School, Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Putnam Vocational Technical High School, Tantasqua Regional High School, Chicopee Comprehensive High School and Smith Vocational Agricultural High School.
Key Words: High school-college partnership
Contact: Cindy Nothe
- Student Support Services Program: This program provides college students with assistance in meeting their academic goals. Some students who participate in the program request the services; other students are recruited because they have certain needs. The criteria for the Student Support Services Program include: academically at-risk or in need, lower scores on placement examinations, first generation college students, low income and student with disabilities. The program provides many services including professional tutoring, one on one advising, a course on study skills, workshops through the semester, access to a book-lending library and support and encouragement to transfer to a four-year college. The program follows through with support for students until graduation. Individual contact with each project participant is emphasized.
Key Words: Academic support, at-risk students, tutoring, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Ray Blair (Director) 781-7822 ext.3896 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Project S.T.R.I.D.E.: Springfield Teacher Recruitment to Increase Diversity in Education is a collaborative program sponsored by Springfield Technical Community College, The University of Massachusetts and Springfield Public Schools. This STRIDE is designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in public school teaching. Undergraduate students enrolled in the program complete a two-year Associate’s degree at STCC and transfer to UMass to finish a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teacher certification program.
Because of our rapidly growing diverse society, there is an increasing need for qualified teachers who can be responsive to the issues facing our multicultural student population. This program seeks to address these needs by: guaranteeing admissions to a UMass teacher certification program upon successful completion of an associate’s degree at STCC; providing financial aid counseling throughout the course of studies; providing initial K-12 classroom experience while at STCC to help students realize the rewards of public school teaching; providing support and encouragement during studies and after graduation throughout the job search; and actively recruiting students form diverse backgrounds for careers in teaching.
Key Words: Teacher recruitment, teaching opportunity. promoting minorities in teaching, Promoting Women and Minorities
Contact: Brenda Nisha Mura 549-4342 email@example.com
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