The debate in this country about the value of a col­lege degree often cen­ters around job preparation.

A new poll out Tuesday from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity finds busi­ness leaders think few recent grad­u­ates have the skills to be good workers.

The poll paints a rather bleak pic­ture: Out of 800 busi­ness leaders polled nation­ally, 73 per­cent said there’s a shortage of nec­es­sary skills in the Amer­ican workforce.

For Brian Palmer, CEO with Gen­eral Elec­tric, that shortage means not being able to find people who have the ability to use new tech­nolo­gies and tra­di­tional engi­neering skills.

It’s not a dis­ci­pline we see today is this com­bi­na­tion of very savvy, soft­ware capable engi­neers that have the fun­da­men­tals of elec­trical, mechan­ical and civil,” Palmer said. “The chal­lenges are bigger and the pools are smaller.”

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