Doghouse project teaches woodworking skills | Students learn about maritime careers | Instructors optimistic about welding careers
May 26, 2017
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How should schools assess career skills?
How should schools assess career skills?
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Efforts to assess students' readiness for college and career often overlook career-related skills, some educators and researchers suggest. While some states have adopted vocational assessments, David Conley, director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon, asserts that officials largely are unsure about how best to assess career skills.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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Secondary CTE
Doghouse project teaches woodworking skills
High-school students in Indiana recently built doghouses for a nearby animal shelter. The effort is part of a yearly construction project undertaken by students enrolled in the Agriculture Power, Structures and Technology class, which taught students woodworking skills and the benefits of giving back to the community.
Greensburg Daily News (Ind.) (5/25) 
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Students learn about maritime careers
More than 70 students in Michigan attended a recent Maritime Career Day, during which they were able to tour ships and learn about maritime careers that they could begin training for after high school. Kriesten Kennedy, a counselor at Muskegon Heights Academy, noted the importance of exposing students to post-high-school pathways that don't require a four-year degree.
MLive (Michigan) (free registration) (5/26) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
Instructors optimistic about welding careers
Community-college students are taking welding courses in Iowa to prepare for careers in advanced manufacturing. That is a booming industry in Iowa, where officials have set goals to increase the ranks of skilled workers in the state.
Iowa Public Radio (5/25) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Your hobbies can become valuable new skills
Personal hobbies can help professionals foster career skills such as the ability to network with others, according to recent research. By using your cooking skills to host gatherings, learning a foreign language or playing recreational sports, you can bolster leadership skills and expand your network, among other benefits.
U.S. News & World Report (5/23) 
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Report: US workers only use 54% of their paid time off
On average, US employees only use 54% of their available vacation time, according to a Glassdoor report. Just 23% of all US workers took all of the vacation time that was available to them over the last 12 months.
CNBC (5/24) 
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Panel discusses natural gas' potential for Pa. manufacturing sector
Pennsylvania needs to expand its pipeline infrastructure if it wants to capitalize on demand for natural gas, said Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association official Carl Marrara during a conference. "Pennsylvania's natural gas, manufacturing and petrol chemical industries can resurrect our existing brownfield sites, develop new manufacturing facilities and revitalize the infrastructure that we already have in place," he said.
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (5/24) 
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Airbnb offers Data University for employees
Airbnb has its own university-style program to help train its employees in data science. About 500 employees have taken at least one class at Data University since its launch last year.
TechCrunch (5/25) 
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Policy News
Nev. requires schools to offer dual-credit programs
All high-school students in Nevada are required to have access to dual-credit programs under legislation signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The bill requires such programs to be offered through partnerships between high schools and local colleges and universities.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (5/24) 
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School to use Perkins grant to purchase drone
A high school in Minnesota has received grant funding through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that officials intend to use to further career and technical education. Plans include the purchase of drone technology.
ECM Publishers (Minnesota) (5/24) 
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ACTE Updates
Connections: CTE and the Chamber of Commerce
What opportunities is your school missing out on by not partnering with their local chamber of commerce? ACTE Region IV Fellow Michelle Camp explores this topic and provides examples from a fruitful school-chamber partnership. Read more.
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My Visit to Capitol Hill
A conversation with the right person can make all the difference. ACTE Business Education Division Fellow Tommy Hamilton reflects on his rewarding visit with US Sen. Lankford's staffer during NPS. Read more.
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