Ohio CTE programs produce mock crash | Fashion students sew pajamas for patients | DeVos visits Fla. community college
March 28, 2017
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Texas students to launch spacecraft
Texas students to launch spacecraft
Students from a Texas high school have qualified for the NASA Student Launch competition, where next month they will fly a rocket before NASA engineers. Besides building the spacecraft, students have spent eight months coordinating workflow, testing and communicating with professionals for feedback.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (3/25) 
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Ohio CTE programs produce mock crash
Students across various programs at an Ohio career and technology center recently held a mock crash to educate their peers about distracted driving. Cosmetology and Performing Arts students helped to stage the event to make the crash look as realistic as possible.
WMFD-TV (Mansfield, Ohio) (3/24) 
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Fashion students sew pajamas for patients
The volunteer services arm of an Alabama hospital has partnered with fashion design students at a local high school to provide hospital patients with comfortable pajamas. The students designed and sewed 18 pairs of patterned pajama pants for the hospital.
WHNT-TV (Huntsville, Ala.) (3/27) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
DeVos visits Fla. community college
DeVos visits Fla. community college
DeVos (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Calling community colleges "a tremendous on-ramp" for students, US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's considering full-year federal financial aid for students and a stronger focus on programs that are working. DeVos last week toured Valencia College in Florida and heard about dual-enrollment programs from state education leaders.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (3/24) 
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N.D., Minn. schools address nurse shortage
A $28 million plan to expand North Dakota State University's nursing school and consolidate all health programs is expected to go before the State Board of Higher Education this week. A shortage of nurses in North Dakota and throughout the region has prompted the proposal, while Minnesota State University in Moorhead is looking to restart its bachelor's program in nursing.
Prairie Business (Grand Forks, N.D.) (3/27) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Mont. teachers to create transition program
Mont. teachers to create transition program
A Montana high school has received funds from its county vocational office to develop a transition program that provides job training to students with special needs. Teachers will create plans to counsel students on careers, teach job skills and provide them with opportunities to gain work experience through "pre-employment" jobs around school.
Ravalli Republic (Hamilton, Mont.) (3/24) 
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Manufacturing sector is growing as hiring remains a concern
The US manufacturing sector has expanded for six straight months, although finding skilled workers remains a challenge. Pilot Chemical executives noted that the chemical industry provides strong career opportunities and doesn't necessarily require a college degree.
The Journal-News (Hamilton, Ohio) (free registration) (3/25) 
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Manufacturers experiment with augmented reality
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Volkswagen and BMW are among companies using forms of augmented reality in product development or to improve employee communication. The idea is to help improve productivity while reducing complexity and risk of human error, says Paul Ryznar, CEO and president of AR software maker OPS Solutions.
PCWorld (3/23),  Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (3/26) 
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Effective security programs need tech, communication skills
A good security-awareness program identifies the likely security missteps employees are susceptible to and aggressively targets them, said Masha Sedova, co-founder of Elevate Security. Employees tasked with creating security-awareness programs should have a good mix of technical and communications skills, Sedova said.
ZDNet (3/27) 
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Halliburton plans to hire 2,000 US workers
Oilfield service company Halliburton on Friday announced plans to boost its US workforce by 2,000 as it seeks to expand faster and maintain its market share.
FuelFix.com (3/24) 
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ACTE Updates
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Don't miss the premier annual gathering of CTE professionals at ACTE's CareerTech VISION this Dec. 6-9 at the grandiose Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. This year's information-packed agenda includes inspiring keynote speakers - Isaac Lidsky, Entrepreneur and Author, and Kayleen McCabe, Host of DIY Network's Rescue Renovation - 300+ sessions covering secondary and postsecondary CTE topics, numerous workshops and tours, a comprehensive Expo and the YSTEM is CTE Symposium.
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New Mentor Minute Series
Hear John Gaal from St. Louis, Mo., share his advice to new CTE teachers on the importance of finding a "champion" with experience and institutional knowledge. Watch now!
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