The Foundation: Closing the Technical Skills Gap

Work In Progress


That there are so many people who don't have the access to these programs they don't have the mentorship it's been there. It's not that it didn't exist before people knew it. People 'specially felted in we're experiencing it but now it's out there and there is a stronger effort to kind of eliminate that gap. What kind of programs do you see out there. What kind are you funding. That might help make them. More diverse workforce such an important area of investment and really hard problem to tackle. Can you two examples sensitive other end of the spectrum on the workforce in the spectrum. You as we've suggested especially in a time of kobe. Social capital matters when you need to get a job when you need to connect To someone in house to submit your resume to ask for an interview social capital's one of the top indicators of whether you will in fact get that job and for many of the populations that we serve. This just doesn't exist and we're seeing a lot of interesting pilots again. Around building that social capital building. Networks to siltation mentorship at that allows for individuals to really build their social capital that will enable them to both get in the door and move up once there and having networks to support them along the way. It's absolutely critical on an thrilled to see so many funders now starting real investments in this space on the other end of the spectrum. Something i'm deeply passionate about k. Twelve computer science education. We know that the majority of these technology roles today had access to computer science education and high school. We know that if you work at all chances are you had computer. Science education at high school in what we now know is that computer. Science is offered only in those districts that can afford it and if you look at the maps of reporting we're seeing even in the last year despite huge advances in k. twelve cs education. What we now knows. The majority of schools in the united states the majority in twenty twenty still do not offer one computer science course. The number one predictor of whether an individual go into technology career or not and we simply have to fix that but we have to reframe the conversation around diversity equity technology around early interventions early education and leveling the playing field k twelve level. We the foundation have done this investment in teach for america working in the hardest to reach the codes in the country training in place in computer science teachers in those markets in bringing computer science coursework and rigor to schools that otherwise. Have it but we have a lot of work to do here in. And i you know we talk about diversity intact for the last ten years now. This is felt like the issue is your and i just hope that we can move to a place where we understand that early. Interventions are absolutely critical. If we are ever to see the needle move on this what do you think the problem is. I mean as as you said we've been talking about this for a decade. Is

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