I am getting fed up with the clamor on the part of policy makers for more degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as the path to success in the United States, especially in cybersecurity. The numbers don’t add up, and the problem of not having enough cybersecurity workers will not be solved in the short term by ramping up four year degree programs in cybersecurity.Yup. I'd go so far as to say that you don't need college at all, but that's if you're self-motivated.
Yes, we still need degreed engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. But those degrees and the people who earn them are the promise of the future, not the present.
What we need in every state is a vibrant VoTech education system while simultaneously working to remove the onus from not having a four year degree.
Notice that phrase: "immediate marketability". STEM has a better ROI than liberal arts, but a two year certification will have a better ROI than STEM. And six months of self-study followed by a certification will blow that ROI.
I know that the Captain visits here sometimes. If he does an update of Worthless, he might want to add a chapter on this.