Hillary Clinton Pushes |Tech Jobs in Denver

     DENVER (CN) – Hillary Clinton told a crowd she would “democratize” jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, at a Tuesday campaign stop at a small business startup site in Denver.
     Speaking to a crowd of mostly young employees at Galvanize Denver, a collaborative campus that hosts a handful of small businesses, Clinton said she had a “comprehensive plan to keep America on the cutting edge of technology and innovation.”
     Calling U.S. innovations in science and technology “one of our biggest assets,” Clinton said, “I want more people in more places to feel that their future lies in STEM, in technology, in helping to create the jobs that we’re going to attract.”
     STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.
     The Democrats’ presidential-candidate-in-waiting said she had a plan to refinance student loans, and alleviate student debt for STEM graduates.
     “We’re going to let young people who want to start something new defer your federal student loan payments for up to three years, so you won’t pay a dime on whatever loans you have for three years,” Clinton said to applause. And she promised debt forgiveness to compensate STEM workers for their help as “job creators.”
     “The burden of student debt is not only an individual burden that affects your life choices, it’s an economic burden. One point two trillion dollars in student debt — think of how more productive that money could be spent.”
     Clinton said computer skills are essential for today’s youth, and called on schools to boost their teaching.
     “We have to make sure every student in America, no matter what ZIP code that student lives in, gets the chance to learn computer science before they graduate from high school. Those are skills … that will help you compete and succeed in the global economy,” she said.
     “In Eastern Kentucky earlier this year, I learned about a successful program that trains former coal miners to be computer programmers, but the lack of affordable, high-speed broadband is a real barrier,” she added.
     “I intend to make sure we do what we did with electricity in my grandparents’ generation — we connect every home and business in America to high-speed Internet, and we do it on as fast a time scale as possible, no later than the early 2020s, because every year we waste means we leave people behind and left out in a way that is heartbreaking and wrong.”

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