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Domenico Rosa

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"Almost no Americans"
Posted: Sep 23, 2005 11:23 PM
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Mathematics pseudo-education in the United States continues unabated.
One reflection of its devastating impact is in enrollments in
mathematics, science, engineering and other technical areas.

Dom Rosa
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http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/letters/hc-lets0922.artsep22,0,5469695.story?coll=hc-headlines-letters

Opportunity Knocks

Following The Courant's reporting on Connecticut's faltering growth in
high-paying jobs [Business section, Sept. 10, "Dim View: State Keeps
Losing Ground"], the announcement that Royal Bank of Scotland is
expanding its operations in Fairfield County is encouraging [Business
section, Sept. 15, "Banks' Move May Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To State"].

More sobering is the reality that Connecticut will struggle to come up
with enough workers to meet the needs of a sophisticated operation like
RBS - people with advanced quantitative and finance skills combined
with programming skills.

I am an executive search consultant. I recently contacted Columbia
University's graduate program in financial engineering on behalf of a
New York hedge fund that was interested in hiring a person with
experience in building complex computer models. I noted that among its
students were almost no Americans. Graduates of this program head
toward six-figure jobs such as those coming to Stamford with RBS.

Connecticut high school and college students who choose rigorous math
and computer courses may eventually qualify for programs like
Columbia's - if they will apply.

Steven Delano, Marlborough

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