Shell Oil Co. did something for one of my classmates at LSU in 1971. He was a remarkable undergraduate engineering student with a military commitment upon graduation. Shell signed him to a contract to come to work for the company when he completed his military duty.
The contract included full pay, medical benefits, accrual of seniority while in service, a paid Ph.D. program upon completion of service and full employment thereafter.
If companies are so desperate for these high-tech employees, why not offer high school students contracts for fully funded advanced education in exchange for a commitment to work for the company for a specified time after completion of education/training?
It would be a win-win situation. Students with the ability and drive would be assured of advanced education, and companies would ensure their supply of qualified workers.