In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, United States advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. According to the congressionally-requested report Rising above the Gathering Storm, a comprehensive and coordinated effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and leadership in these areas.
To address the looming technical workforce crisis, Cal Poly Pomona and the Competitiveness Crisis Council (CCC) will hold the state-focused summit “California is at Great Risk: Securing Our Competitiveness in a Global Market” from Sept. 21-22 at Kellogg West Conference Center.
The goal of this summit is to develop a set of specific recommendations designed to confront the impending crisis. At the core of the efforts to regain global competitiveness is increasing America’s talent pool through education in the key areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The summit will begin with a Congressional Hearing for the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness led by the Hon. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), subcommittee chair. Hinojosa will be joined by other members of the subcommittee as well as several California delegation members of the House of Representatives.
The hearing will provide congressional leaders with a clear view of the problems producing this crisis and the possible solutions that are available. Among the anticipated outcomes of the hearing will be an understanding of current gaps in public policy relating to the training of professionals in STEM disciplines, as well as an assessment of the resources necessary to address this challenge.
The summit event will include academic, corporate, and community leaders’ views on how to improve educational outcomes in the STEM fields.
Registration for the summit is free and limited to the first 150 participants. To register visit http://www.competecalifornia.com and click on the Register Here link.
For more information call (909) 869-2513.