High-schoolers prepare for RV construction jobs | Participation up in Texas dual-enrollment courses | Agricultural education popular in W.Va.
September 24, 2018
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Dual-enrollment program ends with job interview
Dual-enrollment program ends with job interview
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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.
WMUR-TV (Manchester, N.H.) (9/23) 
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Secondary CTE
High-schoolers prepare for RV construction jobs
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.
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Participation up in Texas dual-enrollment courses
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.
Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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Agricultural education popular in W.Va.
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.
Charleston Gazette-Mail (W.Va.) (tiered subscription model) (9/20) 
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High-schoolers train for jobs at Ga. Ports Authority
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.
WSAV-TV (Savannah, Ga.) (9/21) 
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Postsecondary CTE
N.C. university offers $10,000 degree program
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.
EdSurge (9/20) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Column: IIoT enhances every step of the manufacturing process
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.
Area Development magazine (Q3 2018) 
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Automotive IIoT deployments are outpacing security
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.
Security Intelligence (9/18) 
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High-speed 5G will take Industry 4.0 to the next level
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.
IndustryWeek (9/21) 
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ACTE Updates
Committee agrees to Perkins funding increase
A congressional conference committee reached an agreement to increase the Perkins Basic State Grant by $70 million, bringing the total to nearly $1.263 billion for next school year. Read more.
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ACTE launches Election Watch 2018
On Nov. 6, voters across the country will head to the ballot box. As CTE advocates, we can play an important role in framing the dialogue this election season. Read more.
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