Obama At Intel Plant: 'We've Got To Win The Global Competition To Educate Our People'
President Obama recorded this weekend's YouTube address from the Intel plant near Portland, Oregon, discussing the need for strong education policies in order to maintain business competitiveness for the country.
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"Companies like Intel are proving that we can compete - that instead of just being a nation that buys what's made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe. Winning this competition depends on the ingenuity and creativity of our private sector - which was on display in my visit today. But it's also going to depend on what we do as a nation to make America the best place on earth to do business.
"Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school, many requiring proficiency in math and science. And yet today we've fallen behind in math, science, and graduation rates. As a result, companies like Intel struggle to hire American workers with the skills that fit their needs. If we want to win the global competition for new jobs and industries, we've got to win the global competition to educate our people. We've got to have the best trained, best skilled workforce in the world. That's how we'll ensure that the next Intel, the next Google, or the next Microsoft is created in America, and hires American workers."