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Help is on the way. PSU, OSU tech enrollment surges
Author: Staff at the Portland Business Journal
Posted: December 16, 2013

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The technology industry may soon have an easier time finding local talent.

As the Oregonian reports, the number of students enrolling in so-called STEM (science, technology engineering and math) classes is rising at Portland State UniversityOregon State University and other schools. At PSU, as the report notes, enrollment in electrical engineering and computer science classes is up 22 percent since 2011.

Finding talent close to home has long been a challenge for Portland-area technology companies, from Intel to startups. A November study by the Technology Councils of North America and the Technology Association of Oregon showed that in Oregon the talent crunch is a major concern.

Fifty-four percent of tech company executives surveyed for the report said labor prices, availability of talent and employee turnover are the biggest business threat over the next six months. That compares to 34 percent of executives nationwide that had this concern as well.