The United States has been quietly closing its technical schools for the last several years, and the United Kingdom has taken its place, but it’s not a bad time to be a technologist in the United States.
That’s because the U.S. is home to more than 200,000 computer science and math graduates per year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and it’s among the top three nations in the U, per the International Organization for Standardization.
The United Kingdom, on the other hand, is a nation that’s seen its tech-based workforce shrink by almost 2 million in the past 10 years.
The American government recently announced plans to shutter its three computer science schools, and this weekend, it officially announced plans for another two of the country’s top-ranked engineering schools.
In both cases, it plans to close the schools, leaving roughly 200,00 graduates to find new work in the fields of software development, data science, machine learning, and more.
The announcement comes amid growing pressure on schools to close, with advocacy groups and some lawmakers calling for the closure of all STEM programs.
Aspiring graduates often struggle to find work, but the U is home in large part to the countrys best known tech schools, with dozens of highly regarded and highly acclaimed universities.
The following is a timeline of the U’s tech schools’ history.