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March 21, 2013
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  • Why students need access to a range of post-secondary options
    To help close the skills gap in Oregon and open more doors for students, schools should increase access to vocational programs for those students who may not be college-bound, writes Lainie Block Wilker, founder of the grassroots, pro-schools coalition, Smart Schools PDX. She notes that the academic achievement gap is a reflection of economic differences in society, a situation that could be remedied by providing young people with valuable workforce skills. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/18) Email this Story
  • High-tech tools help prepare Fla. students for STEM careers
    Students in the science, technology, engineering and math programs at Venice High School in Florida are working with 3D printers and other new technologies that teachers say are necessary to make sure their students will be competitive in the workplace. "With our programs through STEM we try to give them [hands-on] lessons, not just with a [textbook]," Venice Medical Academy teacher Carol Lash said. WWSB-TV (Sarasota, Fla.) (3/20) Email this Story
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  • Young engineers return to alma mater to offer career advice
    Four engineers recently visited their alma mater to give students a hands-on lesson in engineering design and construction, as well as offer a little advice about job options in science, technology, engineering and math. One of the engineers, Austin Hilton, explained the importance of a strong foundation in math. "A lot of engineering classes are based on the principles learned in calculus," Hilton said. "So you may not use it often, but you need to understand it." Muscatine Journal (Iowa) (3/20) Email this Story
  • 2 community colleges win national recognition
    Strong track records of preparing students for the workplace have earned two community colleges the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Santa Barbara City College in California and Walla Walla Community College in Washington state were recognized for the prize. "Just as Walla Walla makes sure its students have jobs, Santa Barbara makes sure they'll finish B.A. degrees," said Joshua Wyner, executive director of Aspen's College Excellence Program. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (3/19)
  • Analysis examines international performance in math
    Among the six countries singled out for their exceptional math scores in 1995 -- Singapore, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Belgium and the Czech Republic -- only Korea's fourth-graders posted growth in math scores at a greater percentage than U.S. fourth-graders, according to an analysis of the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Two of the "A-plus" countries from 1995 dropped out of international testing after posting significant losses, and of the remaining three, all but Japan made gains, the analysis shows. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (3/20)
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