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Sep 23, 2005, 11:23:12 PM9/23/05

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

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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