The voice of De Anza since 1967.

La Voz News

Advertisement
The voice of De Anza since 1967.

La Voz News

The voice of De Anza since 1967.

La Voz News

La Voz ad
Race for assembly in Cupertino’s district
De Anza’s students and professors impacted by grade inflation

De Anza’s students and professors impacted by grade inflation

February 19, 2024

De Anza holds fourth annual Black High School Student Empowerment Conference

De Anza holds fourth annual Black High School Student Empowerment Conference

February 17, 2024

Atmospheric storm hits northern California for a second time

Atmospheric storm hits northern California for a second time

February 12, 2024

View All
Cupertino Historical Society continues to preserve Cupertino’s rich history
De Anza holds fourth annual Black High School Student Empowerment Conference

De Anza holds fourth annual Black High School Student Empowerment Conference

February 17, 2024

An evening of classical music for a purpose

An evening of classical music for a purpose

February 17, 2024

Foreign kids struggling to find an identity their new home country

Foreign kids struggling to find an identity their new home country

February 13, 2024

View All
Black History Month: What does it mean to be Black?
Who’s going to be dancing in Vegas?

Who’s going to be dancing in Vegas?

February 11, 2024

Remote work post-pandemic offers work-life balance

Remote work post-pandemic offers work-life balance

February 11, 2024

Before the pandemic, companies made remote work relatively rare, offering it as a perk rather than a standard. Yet, as the world ground to a halt, workers found their office desks relocated to their living rooms. Companies that centered around in-person operations had to move to remote platforms so they could maintain productivity.

Bot students inhibiting precious campus resources

Bot students inhibiting precious campus resources

February 9, 2024

View All
The Beauty of Culture
‘Palworld’: An open-world monster catcher offers players a new, engaging experience

‘Palworld’: An open-world monster catcher offers players a new, engaging experience

February 23, 2024

Exploring the world of ‘Griselda’

Exploring the world of ‘Griselda’

February 16, 2024

Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine?

February 7, 2024

View All

Supply, demand, student perspectives on STEM

Illustration made with elements from Sketchify Education.

The aspirations for De Anza College’s students to major in STEM are as diverse as the students themselves, ranging from a passion for hands-on learning to a desire to make a meaningful societal impact.
STEM includes all disciplines in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Over the years, STEM fields have grown in popularity with students recognizing their promising career prospects; however, a concerning disparity exists between STEM graduates and employers’ demand for STEM degrees.

Akshath Mirukula

In a recent La Voz survey of 19 De Anza students, 94.5% of interviewees believe that STEM fields are in equal or higher demand than other majors, while, 66.7% are concerned that STEM fields might be oversaturated.

A 2021 Census Bureau report backs up these concerns, revealing that “28% of STEM grads are working in these supposedly in-demand, highly paid and important STEM jobs” and the other 72% are not.

Story continues below advertisement

What drives this misalignment between STEM education and the workforce?

In short, bosses and shareholders do. As some corporations voice concerns about a shortage of technical STEM workers, those same corporations continue to fire their STEM workers en masse. These layoffs cast a constant shadow over this workforce, generating uncertainty and anxiety.

For example, on Jan. 10, Twitch laid off 500 employees — approximately 35% of its workforce.

The perception of abundant STEM job opportunities contrasts with many STEM graduates’ experiences. According to the same La Voz survey, 63.2% struggle or know people who struggle to secure employment in STEM fields.

Ryan Chu, 18, computer science major. (Claire Mao)

Ryan Chu, 18, a computer science major, said, “I think there is an overflow of junior STEM graduates … for more senior positions, I think there’s a shortage.”

According to Columbia Community College Research Center, Community colleges such as De Anza offer STEM students affordable education. De Anza professors are using tools such as WebAssign, Expert TA, and OpenStax are also being used to make STEM education more accessible.

Richard Lopez, a math professor at De Anza, is exploring WebAssign, a Cengage product.

“I’m trying this new (product) because I know students are online a lot,” Lopez said. “They like to learn online things, and I’m starting to post and create more videos for students to watch.”

In the La Voz survey, 94.5% of the students believe that the current STEM curriculum equips them adequately for the workforce. However, 60% of these students said they want students interested in STEM fields to have more available and accessible educational opportunities, including programs, scholarships, and internships.

Bridget Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, highlighted that “only 20% of high school graduates are considered prepared for college-level STEM coursework, and less than half of U.S. high schools offer computer science classes,” aligning these sentiments with the broader context.

These statistics present the importance of increasing access and opportunities in STEM education to ensure that students are well-prepared to work in STEM professions.

Mary Diehl, computer information systems professor. (Claire Mao)

The outlook for STEM appears promising; 63.2% of surveyed students anticipate an increase in interest in STEM majors graduates. Others think that combining passion with interest holds importance.

Mary Diehl, a computer information systems professor, said students should pursue STEM with passion in mind.

“Really learn the basics and have a passion for learning and for that career, and for that pathway. Either you develop that passion or combine the STEM field with something you are passionate about. And I think that’s important.”

Leave a Comment
About the Contributors
Claire Mao, Freelance Reporter
Hello there! I'm Claire Mao, a junior enrolled in FUHSD's Middle College program. I am excited to be a member of the La Voz News team and I hope that we embark together on a journey of exploration into the intricacies of our contemporary society.
Akshath Mirukula, Freelance Reporter
Hi everyone, my name is Akshath and I am freshman business/math major here at De Anza. I look forward to working with you all!

Comments (0)

La Voz Weekly intends this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments should be respectful and constructive. We do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks or language that might be interpreted as defamatory. La Voz does not allow anonymous comments, and requires a valid name and email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comment.
All La Voz News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest