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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers are instrumental in driving a nation’s innovation and competitiveness. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the supply and availability of STEM workers (Langdon et al. 2011). While the job opportunities in these fields are increasing in the U.S., there has been a decrease in the proportion of students graduating with STEM degrees, resulting in a lack of qualified personnel to fill such positions (Ashcraft & Blithe, 2009).

Expanding the range of African American (AA) males’ career options within an increasingly technology-oriented work world can not only help in increasing the much needed skill supply, but also help mitigate the high unemployment often experienced by AA males who are in the greatest danger of being pushed out of school and into the pipeline to prison (Monaghan 2009; Bonczar 2003; Haney & Zimbardo 1998).