Magazine article Workforce Management

In the Mail

Magazine article Workforce Management

In the Mail

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YOUR ARTICLE stimulates much discussion on visa limits ("Visa limits fuel frustration in efforts to fill technical jobs," April 10). I am a career counselor working daily with this issue. We have created a very had situation in this country for our American students. For years, a hulk of the scholarship monies available to students in the technical programs at various colleges has been earmarked for foreign students. I have watched many highly talented students see their chances for financial help diminished because of these practices.

It is not that we don't have bright students in this country. We fail to identify them at an early age, provide the challenges to them in our public education system and support their financial needs. The benefit of investing in our own students is a no-brainer. Business and education need to get their act together and quit complaining. Career planning in our schools is terrible, gifted programs are minimal, and teachers are living in a protected world of tenure.

Employers complain, but they are so worried about profit that they don't invest in recruiting students into these much-needed areas. Recruiting should not be just for college graduates ready to enter the workforce. It should reach deep into the heart of the education system with age-appropriate programs, cooperative experiences for teachers, summer work experiences for high school students and solid internship offerings for college students. Instead, when the economy fell, companies dropped their internship offerings. So whose fault is this?

Mary Lou McCullough

President

Career Dimensions

Corning, New York

IN RESPONSE TO the article that I just read, it excites me that organizations have to limit their use of offshore development due to the caps on visas. I hope they continually feel the pain and it slows down this selling out of American workers' opportunities to get good jobs and make a decent wage. The reason people in America are leaving this technology field or not following this as a career is that the jobs are being sent somewhere else. As a person who has lived and breathed in a technology career for 30 years, it sickens me that corporations are selling us out to offshore firms. I have worked long, long hours in this field to meet my work commitments and educate myself constantly to keep up on the changes in technology. …

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