Skip to content
In The News

JFF in the News: ‘Recruiting and Supporting Black Learners in IT Programs’

Community College Daily
Read the article

November 1, 2023

At A Glance

A recent article in Community College Daily focused on a new report from JFF’s Center for Racial Economic Equity titled “Black Learners in IT Associate’s Degree and Credential College Programs.”
The article notes that Black people make up only 8% of the U.S. IT workforce, then says that the Center’s research for the new report identified the cause of that lack of Black representation in tech jobs:

“Structural barriers make it difficult for Black learners and workers to access and thrive in IT training programs, according to a new Jobs for the Future (JFF) report, which highlights data on Black learners in two-year and credential IT programs, examines the barriers facing Black learners and includes insight from administrators and faculty at community colleges.”

After discussing the Center’s research and findings in detail, Community College Daily says the report concludes that “a structural approach to Black educational equity” will be required to “disrupt systems that prevent Black learner success” and “transform them into systems that can foster economic opportunity.”