Extending Equity into the Digital Workforce
Mission and Purpose
The Four Corners Regional Education Cooperative #1, and partnering schools and district are on a mission to help prepare students for post-secondary success, whether in higher education, trade schools, or directly in the workforce.
The purpose of EEDW is to provide students with the tools, knowledge, and skills necessary for high-paying jobs in information technologies, with an emphasis on cybersecurity.
To achieve this mission, the Four Corners Regional Education Cooperative #1 received U.S. Department of Education funding to implement Extending Equity into the Digital Workforce, a 4-year project to support the development and deployment of a 100% virtual pathway in information technologies. Initially, the pathway will be offered through New Mexico’s Early College High Schools.
The pathway will begin with mathematics curricula based on various career applications. Specific IT courses will be offered in conjunction with higher education partners, allowing students to gain credits towards a certificate in cybersecurity and/or information technologies.
Business partnerships will offer ongoing mentoring for students, as well as offer capstone projects as a final pathway of the component.
EEDW has four major project components.
Outreach to SCHSs, IHEs
Math and IT curriculum
Pathway and enrollment
Project Goals and Objectives
Build programs that will increase college readiness and post secondary enrollment in high demand IT / STEM careers.
Narrow the opportunity gaps in the state’s education system for students of color and other high-need students.
Increase efficiencies and build capacity for designated programs
|1||20 ECHSs offer the Online IT ECHS pathway||
|2||Increase student preparedness for STEM college pathways and digitally rich workplaces||
|3||30+ business partners engage with students online as role models, mentors, and career guides||
|4||2900 ECHS students will have an opportunity to enroll in the online IT ECHS career pathway||