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12K foreign workers in Md. use H-1B visas, half at one firm [Links Roundup]

The Baltimore Sun digs in to the controversial visa program bringing skilled workers to the U.S. Also, the Business Journal ponders the state's edtech scene. It's the Friday Links Roundup.

Getting work visas for skilled workers remains a contentious issue. (Photo by Flickr user Jeff Nelson, used under a Creative Commons language)

Tech companies tap visa program to meet workforce needs, despite challenges, controversy [Baltimore Sun]: “On April 1 every year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers up H-1B visas for positions to begin no earlier than the start of the federal fiscal year Oct. 1. Although it can be tricky for many companies to plan so specifically more than six months in advance, the demand is nonetheless crushing — the agency received 172,500 applications for the visa allotment this April 1, meaning slightly less than half of the applications were approved in a lottery to winnow the list.”
3 things Maryland must do to be a leader in ed-tech [Baltimore Business Journal]: “‘I think we have a unique opportunity to build an ecosystem,’ said Frank Bonsal III, an ed-tech venture capitalist who leads Towson University’s business incubator. ‘An ecosystem takes 20 years to build. We’re on year three.'”
Towson incubator wants modern downtown Towson space [Baltimore Business Journal]: “Ideally, Bonsal wants a new office that has both more space and a more modern feel with open areas for co-working and socialization. A more visible and modern office is part of the vision Bonsal, who took over the incubator last year, has for the incubator.”
Chesapeake High students win App Challenge [The Daily Record]: “Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger on Monday presented awards to three students from Chesapeake High School in Essex as the winners of his first high school App Challenge.”

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