Second round of funding from Google supports Central Valley students: ¡Valle! tech training addresses the whole person, increases access to careers

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Second round of funding from Google supports Central Valley students: ¡Valle! tech training addresses the whole person, increases access to careers

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For many talented women, visions of lab coats and microscopes disappear around middle school. It’s a national issue: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the STEM fields —comprise proportions of women and people of color far lower than the population at large. At UC Merced, women make up 51 percent of the student body, but 40 percent of STEM students, and of that, only 20 percent are School of Engineering majors.

¡Valle!, now in its second year, helps Central Valley students stay in STEM studies and access opportunities. The program is open to undergraduates in STEM across the Central Valley, including community colleges, CSUs and UC, and the deadline to apply has been extended to Dec. 20.

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