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Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook Discuss STEM Funding, Immigration Reform

During the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel in Philadelphia, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft representatives issued another call to action for increased STEM funding and for revisions to the nation's immigration policy.

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DavidA892
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DavidA892,
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8/11/2016 | 11:06:39 AM
Re: Re-Train US Tech Workers
I totally agree with this comment.  Tech companies know what their skill level requirements are and need to be more involved in the education system to ensure the proper skills are being taught.  Increased involvement in STEM programs is a must.  The only involvement needed by government is to ensure tax breaks for all corporations investing in the skilled labor needed to run their businesses.  It used to be that companies investing in education for the skills desired, also had a higher employee retention rate.  More H1B visas are not the answer. In house training of existing skilled labor will give more ROI than hiring and retraining new employees.  There is a large, skilled labor pool already ready and willing to work.  Use them...
greenem7
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greenem7,
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8/1/2016 | 5:44:27 PM
Sold Out!
Check out Michelle Malkin and John Miano's book - Sold Out - a review of the tech industry push to hire foreign tech workers, loaded with stats and facts.   

I also have to wonder why this Tech Panel met at the DNC for a meeting on the next Administration?  Did they host the same meeting at the RNC?  Or they hedging their bets that they can only work with the Dems to committ to their plans to hire more foreign tech workers. 
greenem7
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greenem7,
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8/1/2016 | 5:20:50 PM
Re-Train US Tech Workers
So, I have to wonder ... out of the over '600,000 computing jobs that are currently unfilled', that the big tech companies claim they need, how many tech workers who are out of work have they RETRAINED to the newer technologies.  Seasoned tech workers who are skilled, experience, but have deadended on software and applications that are no longer popular; these tech workers are ready, willing and eager to learn new skills but would be required to take on expensive private software classes or return to universities for the newest skill sets.  

??When will these big tech companies see that they have a skilled labor force right under their noses, if they would just take the time and funding to retrain them to the newest toys?? Perhaps US government would grant them tax breaks for each employee retrained.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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7/31/2016 | 7:15:38 AM
Weird
While complaining they are short of talent they all kick thousands of employees to the curb while spending millions on boni for managers. What Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook really mean is that they want the government to pay for all the training expenses, provide tax breaks, and allow low wage workers in so that the manager boni can grow even larger.

I'm fine if the government provides over 4 billion in funding, but then the screaming conpanies should match that without strings attached.
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