Three colleges form joint bid to tap students

July 13, 2000|By Jamie Smith Hopkins | Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF

Responding to a need for more workers trained in the sciences, three Maryland community colleges are banding together to tap what they consider overlooked resources - women, minorities and people with disabilities.

Officials of Howard Community, Anne Arundel Community and Montgomery colleges are sharing their best initiatives, looking for grants and preparing to increase their involvement in public schools so more of these students attend college interested in math, science and technology.

The community colleges' yearlong collaboration started shortly after HCC President Mary Ellen Duncan was appointed to a national group charged with studying the issue.

Today that group - the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development - will release recommendations for recruiting and retaining more people.

The need is clear, commissioners said. According to statistics the group compiled, about 400,000 information technology jobs are vacant, a third of the high-tech positions in Silicon Valley went unfilled last year and companies are importing workers from overseas.

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