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Women and Information TechnologyResearch on Underrepresentation$
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Joanne Cohoon and William Aspray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033459

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.001.0001

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Foot in the Door, Mouse in Hand: Low-Income Women, Short-Term Job Training Programs, and IT Careers

Foot in the Door, Mouse in Hand: Low-Income Women, Short-Term Job Training Programs, and IT Careers

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Women and Information Technology
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Karen Chapple

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.003.0015

This chapter begins by explaining how the down skilling of IT occupations and the rising importance of soft skills have created an opportunity for short-term training programs to prepare less-educated students for IT jobs. It then looks at outcomes for ninety-three graduates from six different nonprofit training programs in the New York metropolitan region, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Washington, DC, region. Repeated interviews with this sample over the course of three years suggest that most graduates of short-term training programs experience some success in IT. Nevertheless, particularly for those women with little or no college education, upward mobility in IT remains out of reach.

Keywords:   IT jobs, college education, training programs, upward mobility

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