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Monday, December 9, 2013

The jobs of the future

According to the Manufacturing Institute, 56 percent of manufacturing executives think the STEM workforce shortage will increase over the next three to five years, which could result in a shortage of as many as 700,000 unfilled skilled jobs by 2020.

Allyson Knox, director of education policy and programs at Microsoft, pointed to the recently released National Assessment for Educational Progress results, which found that only 36 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. And there isn’t enough computer science education in schools, she said.

“Of the more than 42,000 high schools in the U.S., only 3,249 were certified to teach the Advanced Placement computer science course in 2013. That’s fewer than 10 percent,” she said during testimony.

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