H-1B Visa Debate Resumes
Opinion: Our education system, not H1-B visas, is to blame for worker shortages.Now that the U.S. Congress is in session, we are once again seeing a push by the major technology companies to get an expansion to the H-1B visa program. As always, we are hearing the same complaint that America isnt producing enough qualified engineers and computer scientists to fill the needs of major American companies. In the past I argued that it seemed crazy to say that there arent enough technology workers available, when every one of us knows a few highly skilled technology workers who are either unemployed or underemployed. But I do agree with the technology companies on one point. America isnt producing enough new qualified technology workers. And the main culprit is our failing higher education system.
I personally know a young man who is currently working toward an accelerated bachelors and masters degree in engineering. An honors student in high school, he is currently in his sophomore year at a state school where he is maintaining grades consistently above a 3.5 average.