The Laser Academy: An After-School Program to Promote Interest in Technology Careers

March 1st, 2008 | RESEARCH

We present a review of an after-school program that has been running at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York for the past 5 years. The program is unique among after-school activities for high school students in several ways. First, it deliberately focuses on students who do not excel in science and math courses and students who are unsure about a college career. Second, it targets typically underrepresented minorities in the technology fields, namely blacks, Hispanics, and women. Third, it introduces these students to high-tech career options which do not require 4 years of college. The goal of the program is to make the students aware of technician-level careers and to give them a chance to learn the skills needed for such careers in order to help them make an informed decision about their future.


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Team Members

Amy Bieber, Author, Queensborough Community College
Paul Marchese, Author, Queensborough Community College
Don Engelberg, Author, Queensborough Community College


Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1007/s10956-005-2741-2
Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1059-0145

Publication: Journal of Science Education & Technology
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page(s): 135

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Access and Inclusion: Black | African American Communities | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Women and Girls
Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Public Programs