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Heritage Junior High earns female diversity award from College Board
Heritage Junior High earns female diversity award from College Board
Posted on 01/29/2021
Heritage student Emily Carter takes part in the Advanced Placement Computer Science program offered through the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Industry. A Utica Community Schools junior high school was honored as among a select group of schools that have improved gender representation in Advanced Placement Computer science programs.

Heritage Junior High School earned the 2020 “AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award” from College Board, which administers the program.

“Utica Community Schools has made equity, access and excellence part a fundamental part of our district’s success story,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said. “Through the hard work of our staff and the support of our parents, we remained focused on making sure every student has the opportunity to programs that increase the rigor of courses and position them for greater future success in their college and careers.”

Out of more than 20,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, approximately 1,200 schools nationally received the diversity award. In Michigan, approximately 20 schools were recognized this year by the College Board.

In a statement recognizing Heritage Junior High School, College Board said: “Providing female students with access to computer science courses is critical to ensuring gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and to drive innovation, creativity and representation. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. However, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24% of the 5 million people in computing occupations.”

Cutline - Heritage student Emily Carter takes part in the Advanced Placement Computer Science program offered through the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Industry.