Update (11:30 am): Jeremy was interviewed on MSNBC this morning. He is an exercise science major at Adelphi University. It is likely that he will go to graduate school in physical therapy when he receives his bachelor’s degree in 2014.
Jeremy asked the candidates what they could do to help him get a job when he graduates.
What Jeremy could do to help himself is major in a field in which there are jobs.
Update, from this morning’s Chicago Tribune:
Romney repeated pledges to bring factory jobs back to the United States by being tough on China and by helping the U.S. energy industry, specifically producers of oil, natural gas and coal.
He told Epstein not to worry when he graduates in 2014.
“I’m going to make sure you get a job,” Romney said.
Obama also emphasized manufacturing and energy, and seemed to suggest that those industries could be good places for Epstein’s job hunt after he graduates.
Repeating regular points from his campaign speeches, Obama said he would promote public support for alternative energy and higher education.
“That’s going to help Jeremy get a job,” he said.
It was unclear if Epstein was considering a career in manufacturing or the energy sector.
If Jeremy is majoring in chemical or mechanical engineering, he’s good. Physics, too, by the way.
Philosophy? Not so much.
Incoming Florida Senate President Don Gaetz was on the same subject yesterday, when he outlined his three legislative priorities, one of which concerns higher education. From the Florida Current:
Gaetz, a former school board member in Okaloosa County, has long seen changes to higher education to get students ready to enter the workforce as vital to Florida’s economy.
“We have tens of thousands of jobs,” Gaetz said, but “we don’t have qualified Floridians to fill those jobs, and the biggest reason why not is because we have a disconnect between the higher education system – which is excellent in many, many ways – but it’s not lashed to the realities of the economy.”
Of course, what colleges and universities can accomplish depends in part on the K-12 preparation of the students they admit.