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  •  Millions for particular job set no (0+ / 0-)

    But

    http://www.doe.mass.edu/...

    Vacancy rate of around 6% of mass for STEM jobs.

    and from

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

    7.5 million stem workers.

    meaning around 400k open vacancies right now. + Those positions which should be filled by Americans if we properly educated our workforce. That amounts to the low millions in my estimations.

    •  THIS is what you are basing your argument on? (5+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26, rainmanjr, wsexson, quill, BYw

      LOL  Here's the problem we're actually seeing in this country.  There is a gap, but it isn't at the public education level.  

      Our k-12 public schools are not falling short in providing an opportunity to learn math and science.  They do give students the chance to establish a good foundation in these areas.  

      But, the jobs you are citing require advanced education, plus, advanced TRAINING paired with mentoring, often in proprietary software/ customized packages!  No high school graduate is qualified for these jobs!    No high school is going to prepare workers for these jobs.

      You're looking at college AND some pretty pricey training plus the employers want experience for these jobs. (For example: A week of Java training is going to cost an individual between $1200 and $3000.)

      Companies gutted training departments through the late 1990's ands 2000's.    This was one of the first cost cutting/ profit improvement moves mid-level executives like myself made.  The first move was to fire the training staffs in favor of computer based training ... and then, the CBT contracts got cut, too.  There was no short term pain, since attrition profitability issues wouldn't show up for at least a year or two.

      If we want to prepare Americans to fill these jobs en masse, then it would take a massive jobs training act and initiative ... which has absolutely nothing to do with bashing k-12, public education teachers.

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      by bkamr on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 06:35:46 PM PDT

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