Increasing the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a CCM strategic initiative.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau1, women fill only 24 percent of all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) jobs in the United States and only 13 percent of the U.S. engineering workforce are women and only 27 percent of the computer workforce are women.
At County College of Morris, we have a peer support system in The Women in STEM Club and faculty role models to encourage women to enroll and complete degrees in these high wage fields2.
Leadership of the CCM Women in STEM Club 2013-2014
2 According to Forbes magazine, in 2012 the average starting salary for computer professionals was $50,000. Payscale.com (April 2012) reports starting salaries in engineering range from $30,000 to $49, 833 for a graduate with an associate’s degree and in the mid-$50,000 for graduates with a baccalaureate degree.