The subject we are covering tonight is timely if somewhat off base from our past podcasts. We aren’t trying to explain an IT issue. Instead we are discussing a current affairs IT issue……the shortage of IT talent in Michigan. There are two issues here (I believe). (1) High Schools are not producing nearly enough graduates willing to go into Computer Science or Math, and (2) what graduates the Michigan Universities are turning out are going elsewhere. Suddenly Austin, TX, Tobacco Road, The Carolinas, Boston, Silicon Valley and Seattle are all looking more romantic than Detroit so that is where the traffic goes.
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From The Free Dictionary: un•der•em•ployed , (ŭn′dər-ĕm-ploid′), adj.
1. Employed only part-time when one needs and desires full-time employment.
2. Inadequately employed, especially employed at a low-paying job that requires less skill or training than one possesses.
3. Not fully or adequately used or employed.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
Talent Shortage May Impede New Hiring by Technology Companies, Second Annual TECNA Survey Reveals, by: Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/talent-shortage-may-impede-new-hiring-by-technology-companies-second-annual-survey-by-tecna-and-arizona-technology-council-reveals-231742331.html
Jon Bischke wrote: They Ain’t Making Any More of Them: The Great Engineering Shortage of 2012, for Techcrunch.com, April 28, 2012, http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/28/they-aint-making-any-more-of-them-the-great-engineering-shortage-of-2012/
Why Michigan can’t fill its 76,000 job openings, by Nathan Bomey, Ann Arbor Business Review, February 24. 2012 http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/why-michigan-cant-fill-its-76000-job-openings/
U.S. Tech Worker Shortage Looms, Study Warns, Information Week.com, http://www.informationweek.com/it-strategy/us-tech-worker-shortage-looms-study-warns/d/d-id/1104496?page_number=2
2013 Governor’s Summit Addresses Shortage of IT Talent in Michigan, by: Marla Sokolowski, on: Online Tech.com, March 15, 2013, http://resource.onlinetech.com/2013-governors-summit-addresses-shortage-of-it-talent-in-michigan/