Today, a coalition of 45 industry leaders, many from the chemical industry, took on America’s growing education crisis with a commitment to offer twice as many engineering internships in 2012 as they did in 2011.
The initiative, led by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and part of a larger effort to grow the number of engineering graduates by 10,000 each year, is expected to create approximately 6,300 new opportunities for students interested in gaining first-hand experience while pursuing their degrees.
American engineers are part of a highly trained workforce helping to strengthen the economy, grow business, create jobs and continue our country’s history of spurring innovation.
However, between 1990 and 2008, the number of students graduating with engineering degrees was relatively static – around 120,000 each year – far fewer than the 1 million (and counting) engineers graduating from universities in India and China every year.
To remain competitive with growing economies such as India and China, we must strengthen America’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics education system.
The American Chemistry Council proudly supports the coalition as it leads this important effort.
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American Express Company
Duke Energy Corporation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kawasaki Motors Corporation, US.
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc.
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Power Cubers Inc.
Simon Property Group Inc.
Spectra Energy Corporation
Special Products and Manufacturing Inc.
TE Connectivity, LTD.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
In addition, five companies are committing to increase their internship opportunities in 2012. They include:
PCC Structurals Inc.
Johnson and Johnson Inc.
Texas Instruments Inc.