Lucrative careers in the tech industry should be more accessible to American students. This will happen only through dramatic investment in STEM education. With budgets curbed by sequester, the tech industry is prepared to meet this challenge. The I-Squared Act will expand student access to academic resources and improve career prospects while providing a short- and long-term solution to the high-skilled worker shortage. The tech industry is willing to do its part to address the nationís STEM education needs. Congress should allow us to help by ensuring the I-Squared Act is included in any comprehensive immigration overhaul.
Morgan Reed is executive director of the Association for Competitive Technology.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.