In a Washington state school district, students must learn 3D printing to enroll in a Boeing manufacturing program as students nationwide are increasingly using the technology. Christopher Nesmith, career and technical education director with the district, describes the technology as a "regular part of the curriculum."
A virtual-reality program developed by career and technical education students in Michigan is intended to help support students with autism. The program places students in certain situations that allow them to practice social interaction.
Building trades students at a Texas high school are completing construction on a tiny house, which will be auctioned off for a minimum of $34,900. The house construction allowed students to combine building, electrical, plumbing and other skills in one project.
High-school students in Idaho are learning to use wooden pallets to build gardening boxes. Agriscience teacher Jaysa Fillmore said the project included the use of power tools and students' math skills.
Welding teacher Bria Sativa Aguayo says she is working to rebrand welding to ensure that female students see it as a viable career option. Data show the welding field, which is expected to have a shortage of workers in the coming years, remains largely a male occupation.
Higher-education leaders recently attended a national summit focused on a "dual-mission model," in which students can combine career and technical education and traditional studies. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says the model "allows universities more nimbleness in meeting industry demands, while ensuring graduates receive a solid return on investment."
In some communities that have adopted free community-college programs, officials are encouraging students not to enroll in online-only courses. Judy Lowe, assistant vice president for academic resources and testing at Chattanooga State Community College, said students in their first year of the program may need additional in-person support.
The National Association of Home Builders reported that homebuilder optimism has increased. "The solid May report shows that builders are buoyed by growing consumer demand for single-family homes," said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel.
Plant operators can protect their employees' eye health by reducing risks in hazardous work areas and ensuring the right protective eye gear is worn. Plants should also employ training programs, routinely inspect eyewear and post eye-safety signage.
President Donald Trump has nominated long-time friend of ACTE Scott Stump as the next assistant secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the US Department of Education. Read more.
House examines role of employers in tackling skills gap
The House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development recently held a hearing that focused on employer solutions for addressing the skills gap. Read more.
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Thomas Carlyle, philosopher and historian
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