Program offers students career training | Texas students graduate with career certificates | Students build home to learn construction skills
September 22, 2017
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Program offers tuition-free apprentice training
Program offers tuition-free apprentice training
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Ten community colleges have partnered with ApprenticeOhio to provide tuition reimbursement for students who complete apprenticeship programs identified as crucial to businesses. The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium offers students a chance to learn new skills both in the classroom and through on-the-job training.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (9/21) 
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Secondary CTE
Program offers students career training
One Minnesota high school is collaborating with state and local chambers of commerce on a program designed to prepare students for college or careers in manufacturing, construction and other areas. The REACH program offers students courses in manufacturing technology and opportunities for paid internships.
Winona Daily News (Minn.) (9/21) 
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Texas students graduate with career certificates
Students in one Texas school district last year earned more than 1,000 nationally recognized career certificates. The district begins advising students in middle school on potential career paths and offers instruction in 16 career clusters to high-school students.
Weatherford Democrat (Texas) (9/21) 
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Students build home to learn construction skills
A class of Minnesota high-school students is learning construction skills by building a six-bedroom, two-story home slated for completion next spring. The finished home will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be sold to a family in need.
KNSI-AM/FM (St. Cloud, Minn.) (9/22) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
Data: Tenn. Promise students outperform peers
New state data show that 56% of students who entered college under the Tennessee Promise program in 2015 graduated, transferred to a four-year college or were still in school two years later. That's compared to 39% of students who were not participants of the program, which provides free community-college tuition.
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Tech college boost enrollment with partnerships
Faced with an overall drop in enrollment, one technical college system in Wisconsin is partnering with local businesses to offer training programs for employees. The school also launched 12-week boot camp programs with the help of a federal grant where students can earn degrees or certificates in areas such as welding.
The Reporter (Fond Du Lac, Wis.) (9/21) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
IT, cybersecurity talent sought for US government jobs
IT, cybersecurity talent sought for US government jobs
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Recruiters from multiple federal agencies and departments, including the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency, will be looking for IT and cybersecurity specialists during a hiring fair Nov. 6-7 in Silver Spring, Md.
The Hill (9/14),  Federal News Radio (9/18) 
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IT employees can be trained to use threat intelligence
Organizations should consider training more of their IT personnel on using threat intelligence data to help handle the ongoing rise in cybersecurity threats, writes Sue Poremba. "IT staff are the ones already working with the infrastructure and have a better understanding of the organization's mission than other employees, and many already do frontline cybersecurity defense or mitigation as part of their regular duties," she writes.
IT Business Edge (9/18) 
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UPS, FedEx, retailers to boost seasonal hiring
UPS, FedEx, retailers to boost seasonal hiring
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Amazon, Target and Macy's have announced significant hiring plans ahead of the holiday season. UPS says it will hire 95,000 people to handle holiday-related shipping, while FedEx will hire an additional 50,000 workers for the holidays.
Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (9/20),  USA Today (9/20) 
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Policy News
Ind. manufacturers seek state workforce reforms
The Indiana Manufacturers Association this week urged lawmakers to implement new policies to better align job-training programs with the needs of businesses in the state. Proposed policy changes from the association include requiring college students receiving state financial aid to work in the state for several years after graduation.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (9/21) 
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ACTE Updates
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Thinking Outside the Box: A Confectionery Tale
Shelley Rust, culinary arts instructor from Kokomo, Ind., shares an innovation her school is proud of: their own off-campus, student-run candy store and pastry shop. Learn more about how Shelley's students have made the store a community success.
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