Tesla plans $1.5M investment in Nev. schools | Pa. official touts CTE in the state | Teens see possibilities in agriculture careers
July 20, 2018
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Mass. high school preps students for careers
Mass. high school preps students for careers
Students at a Massachusetts high school are preparing for the future by participating in five career academies, writes Michael Lauro, associate executive director at the Atlantis Charter School. In this commentary, Lauro shares how the academies work with local businesses and the community to provide students with hands-on experiences.
eSchool News (7/19) 
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Secondary CTE
Tesla plans $1.5M investment in Nev. schools
Tesla on Thursday announced plans to spend $1.5 million on education in Nevada -- the first expenditure of a $37.5 million investment it is planning over the next five years. Plans call for investing in robotics programs, science-focused summer camps and teacher training.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (7/19) 
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Pa. official touts CTE in the state
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak recently toured PA CareerLink Berks County to see first-hand efforts to promote workforce development in the state. The visit also showcased the Summer Youth Employment Program, which includes students between 16 and 18 years old.
Reading Eagle (Pa.) (free content) (7/20) 
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Teens see possibilities in agriculture careers
Teenagers involved in 4-H and FFA in an Indiana school district say they are interested in pursuing careers in agriculture. Caleb Reed, 16, says that the field is appealing because there are so many career paths available to him.
Daily Journal (Franklin/Greenwood, Ind.) (7/18) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
Program preps students to work in biopharma industry
Drew University in Madison, N.J., is working to prepare students for careers in biopharmaceutical research and drug discovery through the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti program. The program engages retired scientists in the community to teach courses and prepare students to work in drug-development companies.
Education Dive (7/19) 
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Pre-apprenticeship program exposes students to construction industry
The Southeast Technical Institute in South Dakota and Associated General Contractors of America have partnered on a project that matches high-school students with contractors. During the pre-apprenticeship program, students earn a wage and get exposure to the construction industry.
KSFY-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (7/18) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Organizations struggle to fill data science roles
Companies are struggling to fill data science positions, with many organizations experiencing a six-month or longer gap in the role, according to IQ Workforce CEO Corry Prohens. Some companies turn to contractors to fill the positions, but could suffer from contractors' lack of skills or remote working.
InformationWeek (7/19) 
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Software engineer, product manager top list of open tech jobs
Companies are most commonly looking for software engineers, software development engineers and product managers, according to data from Glassdoor. Microsoft, Intel and Walmart eCommerce are the top companies looking for technical workers, with 78% of the companies' open positions in the technical field.
TechRepublic (7/19) 
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Policy News
Trump establishes council to boost job training
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday to establish the National Council for the American Worker. The council, which has support from industry leaders, will be focused on improving training and education for US workers in an effort to fill more than 3.7 million jobs.
CNBC (7/20),  CNN (7/19) 
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Increases to Pell Grants uncertain in Congress
Increases to Pell Grants uncertain in Congress
Funding for Pell Grants and workforce training may see modest funding increases as Congress works to reconcile a 2019 congressional spending package. Lawmakers have focused on advancing smaller funding packages instead of an omnibus bill to meet September's deadline to pass government funding measures.
Inside Higher Ed (7/18) 
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ACTE Updates
New advocacy resource supporting family and consumer sciences
CTE has developed a new fact sheet to highlight the value of family and consumer sciences related to employer connections. Special thanks to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) for the use of the central graphic in the fact sheet. Learn more.
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