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A growing realization in the African American community is that its biggest challenge will be to survive in the high performance world of the future that will require technological skills and lifelong learning and development. With the recognition that more African Americans are needed in the sciences comes an awareness that African American students who attend predominantly white campuses that house the leading science programs experience considerable adjustment difficulties. The momentum of opportunities for African Americans in math- and science-related fields is increasing now, due to the national goal for the United States to become first in math and science by the year 2000. African Americans can fill the employment slots in science and engineering if they look for high school and college programs designed to support first-generation, low-income, or low-achieving students interested in majoring in science or mathematics. They must become more connected with high school and college counselors and advisors and identify support, enrichment, career exploration, and mentor programs. People interested in vocational training should identify programs that provide futuristic job training, and match participants with jobs. (Examples of sources of college financial aid, an outline of New York Community Trust Fund projects, brief descriptions of areas of interest of other funding sources for community and business enterprise, and 12 references are included.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Blacks, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Educational Opportunities, Futures (of Society), Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Majors (Students), Mathematics, Sciences, Secondary Education, Student Educational Objectives, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education

Autor: Tomlinson, Louise M.


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