Possible careers highlighted by Careerockit program | Amazon makes technology donation to schools | Female students tapped for surgery symposium
February 16, 2018
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Ky. school preps students for IT careers
Ky. school preps students for IT careers
Leaders at a Kentucky high school are introducing a course designed to prepare students for IT careers at Fortune 500 companies. Students in the Project Based Programming course also will be competing for an apprenticeship in the field.
Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (2/15) 
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Secondary CTE
Possible careers highlighted by Careerockit program
Middle-school students in an Iowa district recently learned about various careers. The Careerockit program -- organized by the local chamber of commerce -- showcased careers in city planning, firefighting and rescue, IT, law, library science, nursing and welding, among others.
The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa) (2/16) 
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Amazon makes technology donation to schools
Amazon recently donated eight pallets of technology gear -- totaling $230,000 -- to support science, technology, engineering and math programs in schools in Maricopa County, Ariz. The donation was part of the company's STEM Pro Live! partnership, which offers live tours of businesses and other programs for students.
The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (2/15) 
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Female students tapped for surgery symposium
Female high-school students in Florida are invited to attend the ninth annual Women in Surgery Career Symposium. The event is intended to expose female students in science, technology, engineering and math to possible careers in medicine.
WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (2/16) 
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STEM students participate in school-to-table program
Some students at an Indiana middle school spent the last year participating in a program that has yielded beef for school meals. The initiative was part of the school-to-table program.
Kokomo Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Mich. teen earns pilot's license
Eric Nicholas Brakke of Milford, Mich., flew solo for the first time days after turning 16. The teen has been flying with an instructor since he was 14.
The Oakland Press (Pontiac, Mich.) (2/11) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
RN finds value in continuing his nursing education
Peru, Ill., native and registered nurse Michael Gnidovec worked two jobs to get through nursing school and continued his education to get a master's degree from Rush University. Gnidovec said having a bachelor's degree made him marketable, and the skills he learned in the RN to BSN program at Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing helped him be an effective leader.
Daily Nurse (2/14) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Skills gap widening in the US
Skills gap widening in the US
(Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
A gap between the number of jobs requiring moderate or high technical knowledge and the number of workers qualified to take such positions could leave companies understaffed in the near future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that up to 100,000 new IT workers will be needed each year over the next decade, and up to 2 million new manufacturing jobs are likely to go unfilled by 2025, said Carolyn Lee, executive director of the Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers.
The Hill (2/13) 
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Retailers focus hiring efforts on tech talent
Retailers including Best Buy, Home Depot, Kroger and Nordstrom are ramping up recruiting of experienced tech professionals and graduates who majored in technology fields. The retail tech revolution is creating new job opportunities in specialties including customer experience, software development and data analysis.
Forbes (2/13) 
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Policy News
Lawmakers mull future of STEM workforce
There is a growing need for skilled workers to fill jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, lawmakers said during a subcommittee hearing for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Lawmakers heard from employers, college leaders and others during the hearing.
The Hill (2/15) 
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ACTE Updates
10 Things: Publication especially for CTE leaders
CTE Administrative Leadership: 10 Things to Know in Your First Year is the first installment in a series offering essential information on engaging employers, developing board relationships, aligning curricula and more. By John Foster of NOCTI, Clyde Hornberger and Delmas Watkins, this new resource is available to members for $19.95 in ShopACTE. Purchase a copy.
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Share your CTE with Techniques
Techniques has released its 2018-19 Editorial Calendar and seeks submissions on themes that include the Internet of Things and cybersecurity; the CTE teacher shortage; engaging students in learning through participation in CTSOs; advancing access and equity in the classroom; making the case for family and consumer sciences; and the future of career development. Learn more.
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