Top Schools For Latinos In Tech
Christian Brothers University
AT CHRISTIAN Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis, Latino students make the most of opportunities to learn, innovate, research and experience technology in one of the most important centers of business in the U.S. Although they have many tech-oriented majors and minors, two stand out.
Cybersecurity - CBU has two unique Cybersecurity paths. The more business-oriented
student can earn a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Cybersecurity. The more analytical and mathematically oriented student can earn a B.S. in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity concentration. Both degrees require 20+ hours of shared information systems courses directly related to cyber security including hands-on laboratories and a cybersecurity internship with a Memphis-area company. CBU graduates are getting great jobs in cybersecurity as experts in the field are in high demand across industries.
Computer Science – The B.S. in Computer Science covers the core concepts in computing along with a required internship course and a two-semester senior capstone project calling for the completion of a software project for an external client. Students must choose a concentration and a minor to apply their CS work in an area of their choosing. Concentration options are business, engineering, or cybersecurity.
Tarrant County College District
TARRANT County College offers what students won’t find in many other places: an affordable education at just $59 a semester hour, or $885 for a 15-hour semester. In addition to a full array of academic programs that prepare students to transfer smoothly to four-year institutions, TCC also offers Career and Technical Education programs that lead to meaningful careers and great salaries without the need for a four-year degree. Many of these programs offer certifications students can earn that will help them advance in their current career. And, those same certifications – we call them “stackable credentials -- build on each other, allowing students to earn one of TCC’s more than 60 applied sciences degrees. What’s stopping you? Visit tccd.edu/careerpathways to learn more. At TCC we’re putting success within reach, for you, your family and our community.
Northern Illinois University
THE NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is committed to building a diverse workforce for the future of technology. The college has cutting-edge programs in Manufacturing Technology, Energy and Environmental Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering; plus specializations to target your education. More than three-fourths of our students seek and find internships, and employers from throughout the Chicago region come to us to recruit their next-generation workforce. Our students are taught by diverse faculty and have lots of opportunities to get hands-on with lab courses, industry projects and student organizations like robotics and vehicle design. Latino and Latina students can find added support through our active chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, as well as through the university’s Latino Resource Center. We offer scholarship programs to help students from underrepresented populations obtain their degree, such as the Carter Program, which provides up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness for qualifying Latina students.
University of Houston-Downtown
THE UNIVERSITY of Houston-Downtown (UHD), a comprehensive four-year university, is the second largest institution of higher education in Houston.
With a student body that totals more than 13,900—of which 48 percent is Hispanic— UHD is consistently ranked among “The Top 100 Degree Producers” for institutions that confer the most degrees (bachelor’s and master’s) to minority students by Diverse Issues In Higher Education. UHD is designated nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution.
The institution is known for offering a variety of high-quality degrees that prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce or for continued post-graduate studies and research.
Recently, UHD introduced its Bachelor of Science in Data Science—the first-of-its kind in Texas—that delivers interdisciplinary coursework focused on the foundations of data to fill the demand for data science professionals in the workforce. Complementing this undergraduate program is UHD’s Master of Science in Data Analytics. Both of these degrees are based within the College of Sciences and Technology. Another college program of note is the Structural Analysis and Design Option in Engineering Technology program, which explores solutions to urban infrastructure issues.
Students in the College of Sciences and Technology benefit from award-winning initiatives aimed at promoting student success in gateway courses and facilitating peer and faculty mentorship. Adding to its rich academic programs and student-centered support system is the construction of a new a new College of Sciences & Technology Building that will provide future generations of science students with state-of-the-art laboratories and learning spaces.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
THE UNIVERSITY of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) delivers unparalleled learning opportunities for its more than 28,000 students. Through personalized mentorship from world-class scholars, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and opportunities for significant research, UTRGV is focused on bringing knowledge to life and applying it in meaningful ways.
UTRGV has more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, including many in the engineering and technology areas – electrical engineering, computer engineering, civil engineering, engineering technology, computer science, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing engineering. UTRGV, which has an 89 percent Hispanic enrollment, ranks third in The University of Texas System, and in the top 20 minority-serving academic institutions in the nation for receiving the most federal research funding for science and engineering, crucial for its goal of becoming an Emerging Research university.
With an enrollment of 3,110 students, the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTRGV is home to a handful of innovative centers that allow students and faculty to engage in impactful research and the creation of new knowledge. From helping reduce fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings to assessing manufacturing operations to help save energy and streamline processes, UTRGV students are on a path to a better life built on compassion, community and technology.