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  • A Public Policy Institute of California report says that California's shortage of college-educated workers could slow the state's economic growth unless more residents finish college or employers are allowed to import more foreign talent. The report supports the case of high-tech employers who argue that Congress needs to redesign the nation's immigration laws to allow more college-educated foreigners to obtain H-1B visas so they can work in the country for up to six years. However, University of California at Davis computer science professor Norman Matloff, an outspoken H-1B visa critic, says the study is flawed because it automatically accepts the idea of a labor shortage without considering his counter-argument that employers would prefer to hire younger, inexpensive college-graduates than older, more experienced, and more expensive tech workers. As more tech companies form in other parts of the country, California has become increasingly unable to rely on domestic migration to boost its ranks of college graduates and has been forced to rely on educated workers from abroad. For instance, the report notes that in 1960, only 8 percent of college-educated California residents came from other countries, but by 2005 that number increased to 31 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of jobs that will require a college degree is expected to increase. In 2005, of the 15.1 million jobs in California, only 31 percent required a bachelor's degree or higher, but by 2025 about 41 percent of the state's projected 19.7 million jobs will require at least a bachelor's degree. Abdi Soltani, executive director of the nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity, says the report should provoke California to refocus its efforts to help young people and their families, particularly from minority groups, be more aware of the benefits of a college education and the availability of financial aid.
    Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:40 PM

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