High-tech operations like our labs at the Nebraska Center for Excellence in Electronics rely on the availability of high-skilled workers. But there just aren't enough available in Nebraska. I'm concerned about how I will replace two current workers whose visas require they leave after a year of on-the-job training.
We need an immediate influx of workers skilled in science, technology, engineering and math -- the STEM disciplines. And we need to seriously amp up the STEM education of our youth so they will be prepared for the high-tech jobs of the future.
The SKILLS Visa Act addresses both of these issues by increasing the number of high-tech visas, enabling us to hire some of the best international students now attending our colleges and universities. It will dedicate the increased visa fees to better STEM training in our schools.
This is a win-win solution that Congress should pass immediately.
Ryan Spaulding, executive director, Nebraska Center for Excellence in Electronics, Lincoln