A tight U.S. labor market, which has forced businesses to be less selective about hires, has spawned complaints of young workers being unskilled, particularly when it comes to technology.
But recent reports point to tomorrow's workforce being more tech savvy. For instance, Moeller High School, an all-boys private school in Cincinnati, has started a pilot program that requires students to purchase and use laptop computers. If educators decide to keep the program, the school will become the second in that city to require student laptops.
Also, a recent study reports that more young people are using the World Wide Web. Student Monitor LLC, a marketing firm that tracks the college student market, recently reported that the number of students using the Web rose 7% from the previous quarter, and 12% from the spring semester of 1996-97.