The South Carolina Department of Workforce reported that the demand for jobs in the computing and mathematical occupations industry exceeds supply by 12.8 percent difference. Data analysis shows a limited number of females enrolled in IT programs to help meet this demand. Over the five-year period of 2008-2012, only 26 percent of students enrolled in IT programs within the SCTCS were female. Additionally, the average completer rate for females in these programs is relatively low at 33 percent. Workforce demand, coupled with the low percentage of women graduates, provides support for initiatives designed to increase the number of women that are adequately prepared for careers in IT.
To that end, the SCTCS C<>deIT Academy will address issues with female retention in information technology fields. The academy is also designed to empower students with marketable computing skills that are portable across the state.
The SC Technical College System has defined the “3 A’s” as outcomes for the program
Increased Ability- competence based on natural skill or training
Participants will be able to apply design principles in the construction of software systems.
Participants will be able to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
Increased Acuity- sharpness, keenness
Participants will be able to comprehend concepts of spatial analysis.
Participants will demonstrate increased spatial literacy.
Participants will be able to associate principles of IT with other disciplines.
Increased Audacity – boldness with confident disregard for traditional conventions
Participants will be able to challenge gender stereotypes related to IT performance.
Participants will be able to share talking points with other females considering careers in IT.