Fact Sheet Diversify Your Talent
Michael Pruitt, Rayanne Hawkins, Myca San Miguel, Jacqueline Rayfield
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HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) are producing high-caliber computer science/IT students eager to excel in their next job, but firms need help connecting with them. The Urban Institute is partnering with South Carolina State University to build a consortium of South Carolina historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) offering apprenticeship as a career pathway into cybersecurity and information technology. This fact sheet describes the degree-based apprenticeship program where students work at companies and simultaneously complete their education. It also explains the various roles and responsibilities of key players in this program and ways the program could diversify companies’ IT departments and meet their talent needs.

Research Areas Workforce Economic mobility and inequality Education
Tags Apprenticeships Higher education Inequality and mobility Job training Racial and ethnic disparities Racial inequities in employment Youth employment and training Workforce development Job opportunities Mobility Labor force
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
States South Carolina