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January 25, 2013
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  • Texas A&M plans major growth in its engineering program
    The Texas Workforce Commission predicts the state will see a rise in jobs for engineers in the future. To help meet this industry need, Texas A&M is committing to producing more graduates and creating the largest collegiate engineering program in the U.S -- 25,000 engineering students enrolled by 2025, a sizable jump from its current enrollment of about 11,000 engineering majors. American City Business Journals (1/23) Email this Story
  • N.M. develops plan to fill math, science teaching posts
    Citing a shortage of math and science teachers particularly in rural and low-income areas in New Mexico, state officials are proposing a plan that calls for $2 million to bring qualified teachers in those subjects to the schools that need them most. The plan includes student loan forgiveness, bonuses, and the expansion of Advanced Placement math and science course offerings. "Math and science are at the core of New Mexico's efforts to ensure that today's students can get a job in the market that will demand those skills when they graduate," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/23)
  • Calif. college boosts STEM opportunities for area students
    Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Calif., has expanded its science, technology, engineering and math programs by opening a 60,000-square-foot science center and starting STEM programs for the Orange Unified School District, Juan Vázquez, the college's president, writes in this guest column. Students in the school district now have access to after-school programs and activities on Saturdays through the college's Upward Bound Math and Science program. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1/24) Email this Story
  Business 
  • Auto industry professionals reach out to students in Detroit
    The North American International Auto Show recently held in Detroit was the site of unique learning opportunities for about 5,000 of Detroit's youth. Students learned about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, including design and mechanics. "We're trying to open up their minds to S.T.E.M. and how science is not just the study of cells," said Jason Cady, teacher of the pre-engineering program at Oxford Middle School. "It's things we use everyday -- the chairs, the cars. There's someone who thinks about those things, how they improve them, how they make our lives easier. We're trying to get them to buy in and do this." Detroit Free Press (1/23) Email this Story
  Trends 
  • Skilled workers seek greener grass as economy improves
    As the recovering economy gives the U.S. labor force greater confidence, highly skilled workers are leaving the safety of their jobs to search for better opportunities. In a 2012 survey, 40% of employers said they were having trouble keeping workers with critical skills, up from 36% in 2011 and 16% in 2009. The Washington Post (1/22)
  • Women in STEM can help shape the next generation
    Doina Oncel, founder of Toronto-based Doina's Infinite Solutions highlights ways to help increase the success of women in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Access to female mentors is an important element, she writes. "Female mentors shape the paths for the next generation of female leaders and, at this point, the mentors and the young women need support in achieving the success that they were born to have." HuffingtonPost.ca (Canada)/The Blog (1/24) Email this Story
  • Colo. considers linking financial aid to college advancement
    The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is considering a plan to offer increasing amounts of financial aid to students as they advance through college, with awards dropping back down for fifth-year students. Amid a growing need for financial aid among students, the plan would allow the state to "do the most good" with the funds it has to offer, said the commission's deputy executive director, Matt Gianneschi. "We want students to persist and graduate. That's the point at which the state receives a return on its investment," Gianneschi said. Education Week/College Bound blog (1/17)
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In youth we learn; in age we understand."
--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach,
Austrian writer



 
 
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