TechNet Statement on President’s Proposal to Train 10,000 U.S. Engineering Students Annually
Washington, DC — TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today released the following statement from President and CEO Rey Ramsey on President Barack Obama’s proposal to train 10,000 American engineering students a year through a program that targets filling high-tech jobs.
At a lighting manufacturer in Durham, North Carolina, President Obama’s jobs council met to unveil the new plan to unite private companies with higher education institutions to encourage university students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math degrees.
“For our economy to grow over both the short term and long term, we must continue to push innovation as the central building block of strong job creation,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “Today, there is a shortage of home-grown engineering talent that threatens our global leadership. The fact is that ensuring that more Americans have the skills to compete in this global economy will help us remain the world’s home for cutting-edge discovery. This proposal is smart policy that leaders from across the political spectrum should unite around to make a reality. We look forward to working with the Administration and the Congress on this program to help spur innovation and America’s economic growth.”
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