U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and members of President Obama's jobs council will join Intel CEO Paul Otellini at Portland State University today to discuss job creation and technical education.
Otellini has been an outspoken proponent of STEM education initiatives. On Aug. 4 he wrote in The Washington Post that the private sector can help train engineers through the use of mentoring and internship programs.
"While the government can provide a framework for success and recognition for the best of our engineering programs, it is up to us in the private sector to back up our rhetoric with actions and commit to the future workforce we all so desperately need," he wrote.
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According to the Department of Education, the number of college graduates has increased by nearly 50 percent over the past 20 years, while the number of students who graduate with an engineering degree has stagnated.
You can watch the event live at 2 p.m. EDT on The White House's website.
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