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Investments in the CCSS could help technology companies in the future
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012 16:47 PM

Not only are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on the minds of students, parents and educators across the country, but professionals who work in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well. This is due to the fact that many companies are in need of STEM workers.

Even technology giants like Microsoft are struggling to attract new STEM workers, Human Resource Executive Online reported. The organization is in need of thousands of STEM workers if it is to remain competitive on a global scale.

"As an employer, we see these challenges firsthand and are committed to doing what we can to help," Karen Jones, vice president and deputy general counsel for HR law at Microsoft, told the news source. "One way we can help is to shine a light on these challenges and offer ideas and solutions."

One way for Microsoft to create more STEM professionals is through state funding that would go toward the implementation of the CCSS. According to a Microsoft's report, titled "A National Talent Strategy," the quality of K-12 STEM education is also suffering due to a lack of qualified teachers. Funding for education may help school districts attract, train and retain effective STEM instructors who could inspire a passion for mathematics and science in young learners.