To help make America and its workforce more competitive, Microsoft advocates long-term improvements in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms. Done correctly, this approach can create a more effective national talent strategy to keep jobs in the U.S. by providing skilled employees who can fill these jobs, here, both now and in the future.
Organizations Praise Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy Proposal
Dec. 3, 2012
Microsoft On The Issues
20 organizations issued a letter in support of Microsoft’s new National Talent Strategy, which outlines ideas for securing U.S. competitiveness and economic growth.
STEM Education and the Race the Future
Nov. 16, 2012
Education experts discuss strategies to strengthen America’s STEM pipeline.
Experts Respond to New Microsoft Proposal for a National Talent Strategy
Sept. 28, 2012
Following the announcement of the National Talent Strategy, experts respond to the proposal.
Strengthening American Competitiveness and Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation
Sept. 27, 2012
Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith announces the National Talent Strategy.
Brad Smith: Next Steps for Washington's International Competitiveness
Nov. 12, 2012
Remarks by Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs, at the Washington Council on International Trade, Seattle, Wash.
Brad Smith: Education and Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity
Remarks by Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Washington, D.C.
@Microsoft Conversation on STEM Education
Nov. 15, 2012
Representatives from the Computer Science Teachers Association, IBM and the National Governors Association Discuss the importance of STEM education.
Brookings Institution Event: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity
Brad Smith’s Brookings Institute speech on Microsoft's National Talent Strategy.
What Others Are Saying
Reducing America’s Talent Deficit
Oct. 19, 2012
The Wall Street Journal
Teaching for the Future: Access to AP Classes Widens
Oct. 1, 2012
More Praise for Microsoft’s $5 Billion Education-Immigration Idea
Microsoft on STEM Education: Time for a ‘National Talent Strategy’
Business Roundtable Today
Lack of Tech Workers Approaching ‘Genuine Crisis’
Microsoft Pushes Plan to Pay for STEM Education with H-1B Visa Fees
Microsoft Has Winner on Jobs, Immigration and H1-B Visa Permits
The Seattle Times
Microsoft Unveils Immigration Proposal
Microsoft Wants to Create More Homegrown Engineers Using Higher H1-B Fees
Additional Microsoft Initiatives Focused on U.S. Job Growth & Training
Fostering Tech Talent in Schools
Sept. 30, 2012
The New York Times
Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program
Microsoft Extends Elevate America Veterans Initiative
Nov. 9, 2011
Announces availability of technology skills training and certification packages for veterans.
Microsoft Awards Elevate America Community Initiative Grants
Feb. 3, 2011
Company awards grants to nonprofit organizations to help underserved populations find jobs.
Microsoft Deploys New Programs to Help Veterans Get Jobs
Nov. 10, 2010
Company awards grants to six organizations and boosts efforts to train and support employment of veterans.
Microsoft Invites Organizations to Help Prepare U.S. Veterans for Jobs
May 4, 2010
Microsoft to award cash and software to support programs for veterans.
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