Students from a Texas high school have qualified for the NASA Student Launch competition, where next month they will fly a rocket before NASA engineers. Besides building the spacecraft, students have spent eight months coordinating workflow, testing and communicating with professionals for feedback.
Students across various programs at an Ohio career and technology center recently held a mock crash to educate their peers about distracted driving. Cosmetology and Performing Arts students helped to stage the event to make the crash look as realistic as possible.
The volunteer services arm of an Alabama hospital has partnered with fashion design students at a local high school to provide hospital patients with comfortable pajamas. The students designed and sewed 18 pairs of patterned pajama pants for the hospital.
Calling community colleges "a tremendous on-ramp" for students, US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's considering full-year federal financial aid for students and a stronger focus on programs that are working. DeVos last week toured Valencia College in Florida and heard about dual-enrollment programs from state education leaders.
A $28 million plan to expand North Dakota State University's nursing school and consolidate all health programs is expected to go before the State Board of Higher Education this week. A shortage of nurses in North Dakota and throughout the region has prompted the proposal, while Minnesota State University in Moorhead is looking to restart its bachelor's program in nursing.
A Montana high school has received funds from its county vocational office to develop a transition program that provides job training to students with special needs. Teachers will create plans to counsel students on careers, teach job skills and provide them with opportunities to gain work experience through "pre-employment" jobs around school.
The US manufacturing sector has expanded for six straight months, although finding skilled workers remains a challenge. Pilot Chemical executives noted that the chemical industry provides strong career opportunities and doesn't necessarily require a college degree.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Volkswagen and BMW are among companies using forms of augmented reality in product development or to improve employee communication. The idea is to help improve productivity while reducing complexity and risk of human error, says Paul Ryznar, CEO and president of AR software maker OPS Solutions.
A good security-awareness program identifies the likely security missteps employees are susceptible to and aggressively targets them, said Masha Sedova, co-founder of Elevate Security. Employees tasked with creating security-awareness programs should have a good mix of technical and communications skills, Sedova said.
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