Gender Equity Gaps in the Agriculture Career Cluster at a Rural-Serving Community College in Northern California

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Closing gender representation gaps in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs is critical to ensure each learner feels welcome, is supported, and has the means to succeed in the career of their choice. This white paper explores gender gaps in enrollment in agriculture career pathways at Butte College in northern California. The author uses the Percentage Point Gap (PPG) equity tool to identify gender gaps among CTE participants enrolled in agriculture pathways to inform policy discussions and develop effective strategies for achieving gender parity.

This research was produced by Jean Claude Mbomeda, alumni of the inaugural cohort of the Postsecondary State Career Technical Education Leaders Fellowship at Advance CTE - Sponsored by ECMC Foundation and conducted as part of a real-world capstone project.

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July 2023
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