In 2012, when Intel failed to ensure 60 percent of its new hires were New Mexico residents per its bond agreement with Sandoval County, company officials expressed concern that the marketplace was moving on and the state’s education system was not.
The latest numbers show those execs know more than how to make computer chips.
For the third time in five years – and the fourth time since 2006 – Intel hasn’t been able to find enough local candidates with the right technical skills and education background. Just 19 of the 74 employees Intel hired last year, a puny 26 percent, were state residents.
Liz Shipley, Intel’s government affairs manager in New Mexico, says the company simply cannot find enough applicants with master’s or doctoral degrees in science and engineering – and that that’s true of the company’s needs nationally.