Salt Lake City—Here’s a statistic to chew on: looking at the current pipeline of students, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that by 2020, an estimated one million computer programming jobs in the U.S. will not be filled. The tech talent shortage isn’t a Utah problem, it’s a national problem—and its roots are dug deeply into our education system.
But how do you solve the STEM education problem? According to some in the tech community, that answer may lie within the industry itself, acting in its own best interest. A group of over 15 technology entrepreneurs and executives met at Utah Business’ annual technology roundtable Tuesday morning at Holland & Hart, discussing topics ranging from Utah’s tech ecosystem to diversity to STEM literacy in school-age children.
In order to interest more students in STEM—and prepare them for possible STEM careers—what needs to happen is a fundamental change in high school education infrastructure, said Mitch Macfarlane, COO at Instructure,