It was a surprising discovery for Intel Inc. they found that most of their workers had to be outsourced because managers couldn't find enough skilled people in Oregon to take jobs offered by Intel.
The former CEO of Intel will be the keynote speaker later this month at the Oregon Business Conference on January 31st, in Bend at the Riverhouse. Dr. Craig Barrett will address the need for education reform in Oregon and across the country.
Business Conference spokesman Keith Rivera says it's an important discussion.
"IN 2010- WE HAD AN 8.3 GROWTH RATE IN OREGON -THAT'S EQUAL TO CHINA- AT THE SAME TIME... we noticed that our unemployment rate was still high. people were wondering was what causing that and then intel managers discovered and announced at a meeting in Portland that 70 PERCENT of their jobs were being OUTSOURCEd- only 30 PERCENT HAD OREGON DEGREES....of that (some had masters) and ONLY 2 PERCENT HAVE PH.D'S.... "
Rivera says everyone, including the government, can play a role in changing our education system. For example, he says we need to emphasize more vocational training for some people.
"education is probably the most important thing we can do for our economy and job creation and self esteem - we're going into a very competitive time period- 21st century - but things in oregon are declining....academic standards declining...."
Other speakers will include Dr. Knute Buehler and Economist Dr. Bill Watkins. Again, the 6th annual CERF Oregon Business Conference is on January 31st, at the Riverhouse. Keith Rivera was a guest on 1110 KBND's Your Town on Tuesday, January 8th. The entire interview is on this website under the Podcast icon.