NAPERVILLE, Ill.- The divide in workforce equity persists as labor forces are being dramatically reshaped by continuous technological change, making tech-fluency all the more vital to help close that gap. DeVry University is committed to being a part of that solution through the launch of its NextGen Hispanic Scholars Program, which is designed to help Hispanic, Latino and Latina students overcome tech skills barriers and become workforce-ready by graduation.

Those who identify as Hispanic or Latino and Latina make up 18.5 percent of the U.S. population 1 and are the country’s second largest ethnic group, 2 yet only 8 percent of the tech sector is made up of Hispanic workers 3 and only 2 percent of employed engineers are Hispanic women. 4 DeVry University is dedicated to addressing and closing the gap on the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the technology industry.

“Despite tremendous projected growth in tech occupations, there continues to be ethnic disparity, and we think it’s time to change that,” said Tom Monahan, president and CEO of DeVry University. “We want to be a part of the change toward creating a diverse workforce, helping Hispanic groups represent their community in technology fields.”

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