How to Grow Tech Talent Right Now

How to Grow Tech Talent Right Now

by Kathrine Mott, Executive Director, Citizen Schools New York

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Kathrine Mott is executive director of Citizen Schools New York-New Jersey. Citizen Schools is a partner of Cisco CSR. Cisco sponsors The Huffington Post's ImpactX section.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:05am

Exposing students to engineers, programmers and scientists can inspire them to become one.

U.S. employers are headed for a crossroad. By 2022, our economy will require more than nine million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals; currently, we're producing fewer than 300,000 college graduates to fill these jobs.

We can ensure students graduate from high school and college ready to enter the modern workforce.

At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama announced over $240 million in new private-sector commitments to foster interest in STEM fields--particularly among students from underserved communities. But are students interested in pursuing these careers and qualified for them?

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