A school district in New Hampshire is partnering with an area community college on a dual-enrollment program in which students earn college credits and a manufacturing certificate while still in high school. At the end of the two-semester program, students are guaranteed a job interview at an aerospace company.
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A high school in Indiana is offering courses to help prepare students for careers in recreational vehicle construction. The area's RV industry continues to grow, and the program is intended to offer a pipeline of skilled workers.
Community colleges in Texas report more high-schoolers are enrolled in dual-credit programs. Participation in such courses increased following a change in state law in 2015 that expanded the participation to some freshmen and sophomores and removed a cap on the number of dual-credit courses students could take.
Agricultural education is one of the fastest-growing career and technical education programs in West Virginia, and FFA membership is the highest in the state's history. Jason Hughes, lead coordinator and state FFA adviser for the West Virginia Department of Education, says FFA continues to diversify and grow in an effort to engage students in agriculture.
High-school students in Georgia are preparing for careers with the Georgia Ports Authority through the Youth Learning Equipment and Safety program. Several students who have participated in the workforce-development program already have been hired, and officials say they hope to grow the pipeline of skilled workers.
Fayetteville State University is partnering with six North Carolina community colleges for a program that promises students they will pay no more than $10,000 to earn a bachelor's degree. Under the agreement, two-year students can transfer to the historically black college's online program, and officials hope to expand the program to all of the state's two-year colleges.
Industrial internet of things technologies are optimizing every aspect of the manufacturing process from production through distribution, writes Gray Construction CEO Stephen Gray. "Big data is changing the world, and the manufacturing industry has more to gain than many other sectors if connectivity is effectively embraced," he writes.
Automotive companies are rapidly deploying industrial internet of things technologies and understand the risks, yet are often falling short on security, writes Giuseppe Serio of IBM, citing an IBM Institute for Business Value report. "Aligning spending with cybersecurity needs and understanding the strategies of top performers can help you create an impactful plan for securing your IIoT investments," he writes.
The fifth generation of mobile communications, 5G, "will bring faster speeds, lower latency, large bandwidth and edge computing capabilities," David Van Dorselaer writes. The technology will be especially transformative for Industry 4.0, allowing for greater industrial internet of things deployment, robotics, flexible networking and other advances.
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