by Mike Ferguson
(St. Charles, MO) – Business leaders in Missouri know that tomorrow’s workforce will have to be tech-savvy for almost every industry.
Will the workforce Missouri businesses employ, who will drive the state’s economy and prosperity, actually be from Missouri? Maybe not. Tech industry leaders as well as business associations are concerned that today’s students, especially in rural parts of Missouri, aren’t being fully equipped to compete for tomorrow’s jobs.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Education, Brian Crouse (below, left), explains why business has taken such an interest in what’s being taught in Missouri’s grade schools, middle schools and high schools. Young people here in the Show Me State aren’t just competing with workers around the block or even in the next town. They are – and will continue to be – competing for jobs with workers around the world. That’s one of the reasons for the Chamber’s Math and Science Coalition: to increase interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).
AT&T Missouri* President John Sondag agrees and explains why tech companies, including his, are also offering technical education. There’s a real concern about the future workforce in the state and throughout the nation. Will they be ready and as educated as they need to be to compete with workers and competing businesses in Japan, Brazil, India, China and many other nations? Right now, we cannot emphatically answer that question with a “yes”.
Both Crouse and Sondag agree: getting Missouri and America ready for the economy of tomorrow requires changes to our education system, changes to the training provided by businesses themselves and updates to how we all view education for every Missouri child.
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