Graduates of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are a critical piece of the Caterpillar talent pipeline. Today, we have more than 10,000 engineers and technologists developing innovative solutions for our customers. However, highly-skilled jobs in STEM fields continue to go unfilled in the U.S. To maintain our competitive advantage, we need access to the world’s best talent – from the U.S. and beyond our borders as well.
The recently introduced Immigration Innovation (I2) Act of 2013 brings the topic of immigration reform to the table. Today, Caterpillar Vice President Gwenne Henricks is testifying at the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in support of immigration reform for highly-skilled workers. While we enthusiastically support and encourage young people to engage in STEM careers, we also need highly-skilled workers to help us compete globally and maintain our talent pipeline.