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
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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