Starobin, S., & Bivens, G. (2014). The role of secondary school and community college collaborations to increase Latinas in engineering in a rural community. New Directions for Community Colleges, 2014(165), 17-23.
- The study described factors that might increase young Latinas’ enrollment in pre-engineering programs.
- The authors reviewed a case study of middle and high school Latina students in the rural Midwest who were participating in a national education pipeline program intended to facilitate a pathway to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers.
- The authors recommended the following for recruiting and retaining rural Latina students in a pre-engineering program: (1) have a program leader with a similar background to students, including a knowledge of culture and language, to facilitate better connections with them; (2) familiarize students with the physical space of higher education institutions to reduce intimidation; and (3) interact with students’ families to facilitate family support.
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