Female Enrollment in STEM Down Locally
“The [female enrollment] disparity reflects a national deficit of women in science, technology, engineering and math fields.” This quote from a recent Orlando Sentinel article about the dismal percentages of women (around 15-25%) in STEM-related degree programs was quite sobering. Statewide, women comprise less than one-fifth of computer-science students, yet it’s a critical economic viability issue for this region. We must get more women interested in pursuing STEM disciplines, and enrolling in the innovative programs local tech-focused schools like Florida Polytechnic make available. To effectively negate gender (or any other) bias, educational systems should start earlier to teach, train, and entertain STEM equality.
Veterans Business Initiative
We have so many heroes to celebrate and elevate…from educators and healers to protectors and defenders. One way we try and uplift our Veteran heroes is through the CF Disability Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Business Initiative, or VBI. The free 10-week program holds half-day sessions where Veterans and Veteran spouses can learn more about establishing meaningful careers, advancing their personal education, and developing entrepreneurial skills through business training, education, networking & coaching – all from top local companies. In its three years, the VBI has helped countless veterans and their families get better jobs. Session six starts tomorrow.