N.Y. students meet with employers at Workforce 2020 | Ga. students compete in Skills Challenge | Ill. college pilots career pathways program
November 17, 2017
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Students get early start on health care careers
Students get early start on health care careers
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Middle- and high-school students in Pennsylvania are being groomed for careers in health care through the Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health Higher Education Initiative. Students in the program participate in after-school and weekend activities taught by medical students and faculty.
WNEP-TV (Moosic, Pa.) (11/16) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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N.Y. students meet with employers at Workforce 2020
Students in New York state met with representatives from about 200 companies during an annual Workforce 2020 event. During the event, students learned about potential careers in marketing, agriculture, health and human services, and architecture and construction.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (11/16) 
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Ga. students compete in Skills Challenge
The Associated General Contractors of Georgia recently held its annual Skills Challenge, in which about 70 youths showcased their construction skills. The event is designed to help promote careers in the skilled trades.
The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (tiered subscription model) (11/16) 
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Ill. college pilots career pathways program
Illinois Central College has started a pilot program aimed at improving career readiness across the region -- beginning with high-school students. As part of the program, students in seven districts will have access to career information and dual-credit programs focused on health sciences, manufacturing and IT, with plans to eventually include a pathway for teaching careers.
Peoria Journal Star (Ill.) (11/16) 
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Students learn about business of farming
Some students at an Arkansas high school are raising and selling animals as part of an agriculture program. Casey Wells, agriculture instructor, says the program teaches students about the food chain and helps to provide a local food source.
KAIT-TV (Jonesboro, Ark.) (11/15) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
How some rural schools are beating the odds
How some rural schools are beating the odds
Some rural schools in Ohio have boosted graduation rates and the number of college-going graduates thanks, in part, to the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative. The collaborative, which launched with 21 school districts in 2010, allows for pooling of resources and better access to funding.
The Hechinger Report (11/16) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Smaller Cleveland manufacturers to benefit from grant
Manufacturers in Cleveland will become better acquainted with the internet of things through a $100,000 National Science Foundation planning grant. The grant will help small and medium-sized manufacturers, said Lisa Camp of the Case School of Engineering.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/16) 
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Smart manufacturing is a journey, not a task
C-suite executives will lead smart manufacturing implementations better if they take the time to understand basic concepts and adjust their perceptions of technology's role, writes John Clemons of Maverick Technologies. It's better to look at the smart manufacturing transition as an ongoing adventure rather than as a time-limited project, he writes.
Forbes (11/15) 
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Study: Canada has more women in workplace than US
Study: Canada has more women in workplace than US
Canada has a higher workforce participation rate among women than the US, thanks in part to the country's 52-week parental leave, paid child care and recent tax reforms, according to a Citigroup study. The US could grow opportunities for women in the workplace by adopting best practices from countries such as Canada, suggests Andrew Pitt, Citigroup's global head of research.
Quartz (11/16) 
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Policy News
Education advocates concerned about tax bills
Education advocates concerned about tax bills
Forty-three education advocacy groups in a letter to the US Senate say they are worried that proposed tax bills could lead to a reduction in federal funds for education. "If tax reform is deficit-financed and adds to the federal debt, as both the budget resolution and the House bill would allow, there will be increased pressure for Congress to curb direct spending for education and all discretionary spending," the letter says.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/16) 
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ACTE Updates
Show off your support for CTE
Celebrate CTE Month® with our fun and festive color-changing mood items, including pencils, pens/styluses and bracelets. These items are great ways to showcase your support for CTE in your classrooms, across your schools and at special events and career fairs. Shop today.
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Today is the last chance for Awards Banquet tickets
Time is running out to register for the 2017 ACTE Awards Banquet -- have you bought your ticket yet? Featuring a red carpet, Grammy-award winning musicians, a decadent three-course meal, and a program that will leave you inspired and excited about being in CTE, this year's event is not to be missed. Purchase your ticket by the end of today!
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