ASCE Minority Group Counseling Under Way

by Virginia Fairweather, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 8, Pg. 54-56

Document Type: Feature article


ASCE has been touring the nation's secondary schools, telling minority youths about the field of engineering and advising young people on courses of study. In 1970, only about 3% of the U.S. engineers were Black, Mexican-American, American Indian or Puerto Rican, although these groups constitute about 15% of the total U.S. population. By 1973, the percentage of such students in engineering courses had risen to about 5%, but there is still good reason to attract more to the field. More engineers will be needed in the future and engineering schools have the room; engineering enrollments are off 30% since 1968. The profession offers disadvantaged youth to move into relatively well-paid jobs and to advance to management ranks. ASCE offers literature, films and advice.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Engineering education | Students | Engineering profession

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