Massachusetts isn’t churning out enough college graduates in the field of computing to meet the demands of the current job market. So said representatives of Google, Microsoft, and Intel during a meeting with Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday at a Tech Hub Caucus meeting held at the State House.
According to Steve Vinter, engineering and site director at Google’s Cambridge office, “Computing… is not a tech sector problem, it is a Massachusetts economy problem.” Vinter pointed out that while more than 70% of new STEM jobs require advance computing skills, inadequate computer science offerings in Massachusetts schools have created a shortage of workers to fill the available openings. One solution: Spark interest in computer science by introducing the subject earlier in students’ school careers.
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