Students create manufacturing machines | Chicago students must make postgraduation plans | Teen pilot solos on 16th birthday
January 19, 2018
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W.Va. looks to encourage students to earn degrees
W.Va. looks to encourage students to earn degrees
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Lawmakers in West Virginia are considering legislation designed to support students' efforts to earn an associate degree. The bill supports pathways from high school through community college.
The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.Va.) (1/19) 
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
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Secondary CTE
Students create manufacturing machines
Students at a high school in Florida are creating their own manufacturing machines through the Student Engineering and Entrepreneurship Program. The effort has drawn interest from Vint Cerf, vice president of Google, who held a Skype session with the students.
Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (1/18) 
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Chicago students must make postgraduation plans
Additional counselors will be on hand to help students in Chicago comply with a new high-school graduation requirement that they have a job, college acceptance or military enlistment to earn a diploma. The requirement goes into effect with the graduating class of 2020.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/18) 
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Teen pilot solos on 16th birthday
Alex Reed celebrated his 16th birthday by taking his first solo flight. "He was ready to fly long before we got to his birthday," said his instructor, Dave Hall, director of operations at Energy Aviation in Montoursville, Pa.
Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pa.) (1/15) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
MIT program seeks to fill teacher shortages
MIT program seeks to fill teacher shortages
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's new Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning seeks to train scientists, engineers, linguists and others for careers in teaching. The program builds on traditional methods by adding virtual-reality simulations and a competency-based system.
The Hechinger Report (1/18) 
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Data reveal graduation gap in rural schools
Data reveal graduation gap in rural schools
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Students attending rural schools generally graduate in four years at higher rates than the national average, but that's not true for black, Hispanic and other nonwhite students in rural areas, according to a report from the Rural School and Community Trust. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show such students also are less likely to enroll in college.
The Hechinger Report (1/18) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
AIA highlights looming shortfall in aerospace talent
Research by the Aerospace Industries Association cites the potential for a global shortfall of 85 million skilled workers in aerospace by 2020. "(The lack of aviation employees) is created by baby boomers retiring and the fact that a lot of our young people think this is an elitist occupation which they can't aspire to, which is not true," John Barry, president and CEO of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, said.
The Aurora Sentinel (Colo.) (1/17) 
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Apple to increase Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5B
Apple to increase Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5B
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Apple announced it will create 20,000 new jobs, add $350 billion to the US economy and grow its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5 billion in the next five years. The company offered limited information on the manufacturing investments it planned to make, but Apple stated it plans to back innovation with American manufacturers to establish a US presence.
VentureBeat (1/17) 
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Amazon announces 20 finalists for its 2nd headquarters
Amazon has announced the 20 finalist cities as sites for its second headquarters. The list includes Atlanta, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.
USA Today (1/18) 
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AI marketing advances, but skills gap is a hindrance
Artificial intelligence is making big inroads in marketing, resulting in improved workflows, sales and other productivity factors. A World Federation of Advertisers study finds an AI skills gap, however, in areas such as predictive modeling.
Digiday (1/19) 
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ACTE Updates
Raise awareness with CTE Month® promotional products
Spread the message on the importance of CTE for your students with festive products promoting CTE Month®, taking place this February. Choose from reflective zipper pulls, mood pens, pencils and bracelets, balloons and other merchandise to showcase your support for CTE at career fairs, local community events or at your school. Buy now.
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New ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award and ACTE Champion for CTE Award
Nominations are currently being accepted for these new ACTE awards! Do you know a business leader, company, organization or individual who has made a positive impact on CTE in the past year? ACTE is accepting applications for these two new awards until May 1. Help ACTE shine a spotlight on outstanding supporters of CTE by recognizing the CTE champions in your community. Learn more.
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Editor's Note
And the Educators' Choice Content Award goes to ...
And the Educators' Choice Content Award goes to ...
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The SmartBrief Education team each year celebrates educator voice with the annual Educator's Choice Content Award. Meet this year's winners, Kerry Gallagher and Brian Sztabnik. Read more.
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