June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Women in Engineering
12.991.1 - 12.991.11
isisHawaii: The power of One+One brings girls into the science and engineering pipeline
In 2002, isisHawaii launched the first Hawaii-based online mentoring program to help local women network with other women in various professional fields. Since 2003, with a seed grant from The Women in Technology (WIT) Project (a statewide workforce development initiative funded in part by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Agriculture and Education), isisHawaii’s One+One eMentoring Program has provided support early in the education process, targeting pre-college female students seeking non-traditional careers in science and technology.
This paper will discuss how isisHawaii and WIT effectively built upon available eMentoring models, including presidential award-winning MentorNet, to develop community-based, culturally appropriate and cost-effective programming that would have positive career implications for Hawaii’s girls and women. As it follows the One+One program from inception through its first three years, the paper discusses survey highlights, anecdotal findings and program revisions/enhancements that produced successful results.
In Hawaii, as across the nation, critical shortages in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce have generated substantial interest from government and industry leaders to increase the recruitment and retention of women, and other underrepresented groups in STEM education and employment1.
“At a time when we face a shortage of skilled STEM workers who are U.S. citizens, women provide an untapped national resource to fill the workforce pipeline,” acknowledged U.S. Senator Inouye (D-HI)2 in his 2004 floor statement to the Senate.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics published in 2000, the ten fastest growing jobs through 2010 are in the technology and medical fields, with eight of the ten in the STEM fields, i.e., Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Desktop Publisher, Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst, Network and Systems Administrator, Systems Software Engineer, Support Specialist, Software Application Engineers.
Concurrently, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported in 2002, that three of the top ten fastest growing Hawaii jobs from 2000 to 2010 will be in Information Technology. The State is also experiencing an expansion in the hi-tech sector with many emerging companies employing Info Tech professionals and Engineers, involved with Research and Development of new technologies with both military and medical applications.
Fujioka, L., & Hom, S., & Wilkins, L. (2007, June), Isishawaii: The Power Of One Plus One For Bringing Girls And Young Women Into The Science And Engineering Pipeline Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2743
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