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The Real Stats About Minorities In IT Fields:

How Credentials Are The Gateway To Fulfilling One’s Potential

This week’s Mythbuster continues in the same light as our previous release about Women in IT; focusing on Minority Involvement in IT through certification programs.

In a recent study conducted by the Center on Education and the Workforce, researchers determined that “Students from low-income families have the academic potential to earn certificates, but are not currently fulfilling their potential”. In their study, the researchers compared those enrolled in college, and those students that were enrolled in certificate programs. In Figure 9, you’ll notice that this graph shows the comparison of certificate enrollment between students from High-income parents, and students from Low-income parents. Essentially, this shows a large disparity as a result of high- or low-income. This means that students from low-income families have the academic potential to complete certificate programs, but are not fulfilling that potential.

Did you know?

Certificates are most highly concentrated among African American (18%) and Hispanic (16%) students. And while, Hispanics receive the largest wage premium, African Americans receive the smallest (see table 5). Although statistics such as these may be discouraging, the fact is that ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to perform well financially. Further, gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to perform well financially.