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Organization Seeks to Increase the Number of U.S. Engineering Students



Posted October 18, 2010 02:16 PM

Organization Seeks to Increase the Number of U.S. Engineering Students
Organization Seeks to Increase the Number of U.S. Engineering Students
TechNet - a political network of CEOs that promote the growth of the innovation economy - recently called for a national goal to double the number of engineering students graduating from U.S. colleges. The goal is slated to be met in 10 years, and is designed to improve American competitiveness and economic growth in the long-term, according to a press release.

Each year, approximately 70,000 students earn a graduate degree in engineering. However, about half of learners in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are international students who may not be allowed to work in the country once the program is completed.

"In conversations with the National Academy of Science, academics, economists and other technology leaders, TechNet has identified the limited number of U.S. students pursuing engineering degrees as one of the most significant threats to the country's long-term competitiveness," said Rey Ramsey, president and CEO of TechNet.

The company proposes to double the number of American engineers to approximately 70,000 each year by expanding grants, scholarships and other opportunities to help students gain access to STEM education. 

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