CEOs converge for Elmhurst College forum Wednesday
OAKBROOK TERRACE — An educated workforce and a cooperative Washington, D.C. are essential for the country to grow and compete in the world economy, according to the three chief executive officers speaking Wednesday at the Elmhurst College Governmental Forum.
The current lack of educated workers was especially apparent for heavy-machinery manufacturer Caterpillar as it grew last year, CEO Doug Oberhelman said.
“We were interviewing thousands of people for manufacturing jobs,” he said. “This is for manufacturing jobs on the shop floor, so, basic skills, nothing fancy. I was appalled to learn that we reject 60 percent of applicants.
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