An interesting NY Times article on the need for computer programmers.

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

It’s the Economy

Skills Don’t Pay the Bills

Illustration by Peter Oumanski
By ADAM DAVIDSON
Published: November 20, 2012

Earlier this month, hoping to understand the future of the moribund manufacturing job market, I visited the engineering technology program at Queensborough Community College in New York City. I knew that advanced manufacturing had become reliant on computers, yet the classroom I visited had nothing but computers. As the instructor Joseph Goldenberg explained, today’s skilled factory worker is really a hybrid of an old-school machinist and a computer programmer. Goldenberg’s intro class starts with the basics of how to use cutting tools to shape a raw piece of metal. Then the real work begins: students learn to write the computer code that tells a machine how to do it much faster.

Deep thoughts this week:

1. There is no skills gap.

2. Who will operate a highly sophisticated machine for $10…

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