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Hanford Tops “Brain Drain Index,” But Some Say That’s Not The Whole Story

Last month, business news company Bloomberg released its annual Brain Drain Index . It uses Census data to analyze which American cities are losing advanced degree holders, white-collar jobs, and STEM career opportunities. Topping that list this year is Hanford, California. Shelsy Hutchison, a teacher with the Business Academy at Sierra Pacific High School, has a few ideas why Hanford might be at the top. Every year, she has her students shadow professionals, but sometimes she has to look way beyond Hanford. “It’s hard a hard task for the kids because they have to find their own transportation for that day, and I have kids last year that went all the way up to Clovis, Fresno, Madera, even to San Francisco to Google,” says Hutchison. “We have students that really, the reality sets in like, ‘Oh I couldn’t stay in Hanford even if I wanted to. Because there are no options for the career choice that I have.’” She says her students who aren’t pursuing careers in agriculture really struggle
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