Student-created app helps students with autism | Students demonstrate logging skills in contest | Building trades students build tiny house
May 21, 2018
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3D printing goes mainstream in US schools
3D printing goes mainstream in US schools
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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."
District Administration magazine online (5/21) 
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Secondary CTE
Student-created app helps students with autism
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.
Mashable (5/18) 
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Students demonstrate logging skills in contest
About 70 students recently showcased their tree-felling skills during the 42nd Annual Loggers Meet in Maine. The forestry students learn modern logger skills, including safety precautions.
Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (tiered subscription model) (5/18) 
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Building trades students build tiny house
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.
Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune (Texas) (5/18) 
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Students develop gardening boxes from pallets
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.
KMVT-TV (Twin Falls, Idaho) (5/18) 
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Teacher seeks to recruit females to welding
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.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (5/18) 
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CTE in College & Beyond
Universities adopt dual-mission model
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."
U.S. News & World Report (5/18) 
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How online learning factors into free college
How online learning factors into free college
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.
EdSurge (5/18) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Homebuilder sentiment shows builders optimistic about future
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.
CNBC (5/15) 
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Tips for protecting eye vision on the plant floor
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.
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News online (free registration) (5/16) 
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ACTE Updates
OCTAE assistant secretary nominee announced
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.
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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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