Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia represent only a slice of the tech companies that call Washington home. Yet, our companies frequently recruit talented individuals from elsewhere to fill their needs. In fact, Washington state imports more individuals with Bachelors degrees or higher than any other state.
At January’s Washington Education Innovation Forum, Professor Ed Lazowska discussed how Washington’s primary and secondary schools are doing little to give students skills related to the jobs that are being created in their backyard, potential consequences if we do not change course, and how we might best expose our youth to STEM skills that are increasingly shaping our region’s economy and identity.
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