SCE engineer Tracy Tate (second from left) attends a National Society of Black Engineers regional conference in Los Angeles with some of her STEM students and a coach. Photo credit: Southern California Edison.
January is National Mentoring Month and Southern California Edison has mentors such as Tracy Tate who is striving to improve the African American and Hispanic shortfall in science, technology, engineering and math.
The following statistics demonstrate why her work is important in reaching our young people:
- Hispanic and non-Hispanic blacks each account for only about 6 percent of the STEM workforce, which does not support their overall numbers in the workforce of 14 percent and 11 percent respectively (Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration).
- Non-Hispanic whites are 68 percent of the overall workforce, but hold 72 percent of STEM jobs and non-Hispanic Asians are 5 percent of the total workforce but have 14 percent of STEM jobs (Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration).
- STEM workers earn 26 percent more than non-STEM counterparts (Economics and Statistics Administration).
- STEM workforce is expected to grow by 17 percent between 2008 and 2018 compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM jobs.