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December 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

STEM grads: Community, technical colleges fill the need

Nick Brossoit made a good point in his guest column [“Start a Washington state institute of technology,” Opinion, Dec. 15]. Our state does have an urgent need for STEM graduates. However, creating a new institution may not be the answer. Washington can narrow the skills gap by increasing STEM opportunities at two-year and four-year colleges.

Employers need STEM training at all levels — from certificates to bachelor’s degrees and beyond. Our 34 community and technical colleges fill the need. Students train for direct entry into STEM jobs, earn applied bachelor’s degrees or transfer to university STEM majors.

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