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November 16, 2012
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  • Texas school districts draft plan to boost Latino student success
    School superintendents in the San Antonio area have set a goal of having 85% of Latino students "ready" for college, as part of a broader effort to expand the career opportunities for these students. The U.S. Education Department is watching what happens in San Antonio with an eye toward encouraging other communities across the U.S. to implement similar plans. San Antonio Express-News (11/16) Email this Story
  • Music teacher, innovator seeks to add "A" for arts to STEM education
    Seeing the limitations and challenges of effective music education in the schools, former music teacher Matt Sandler of Los Angeles founded the music technology company Chromatik. The Chromatik system allows students to play and create music in school and at home. As computer-based technology, it provides a fitting "A" for arts to a student's science, technology engineering and math course load, thus creating a well-rounded STEAM education. Forbes (11/15) Email this Story
  • FIT hosts career event for high-school students
    The Florida Institute of Technology welcomed local high-school students and parents to its Melbourne campus recently to show off a wide range of programs, let visitors tour research laboratories and allow them to talk with FIT faculty and students. "I think it is a good chance to get immersed in what is going on at the university, and it helps students hone in on what careers might interest them," high-school senior Jonathan Cirillo said. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (11/14) Email this Story
  • Students are encouraged by booming apps industry
    While it seems there's a near-constant stream of new mobile applications for smartphones these days, technology industry forecasters say demand is outpacing supply and that anyone with programming skills and creativity can find lucrative opportunities in the apps field. Mississippi State University even offers courses such as Field Studies in iPhone Entrepreneurship, and MSU students are graduating into apps developer positions starting at between $45,000 and $80,000 a year. The Kansas City Star (Mo.)/McClatchy Newspapers (11/15) Email this Story
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  • Poll shows many adults regret not pursuing tech careers
    Students and young adults may want to take heed of a United Kingdom survey that found 1 in 4 adults wish they had gone into the technology industry. In the survey conducted by, 41% of the respondents said a tech career would have provided an "intellectual challenge," while 30% believe a tech education and training would have led to a greater number of job opportunities. (U.K.) (11/15) Email this Story
  • Making it as a woman in the world of tech
    Women make up a small percentage of executives at venture-backed companies, and in male-dominated industries, women can still face special challenges, Sandy Lerner says. After Lerner launched Cisco Systems with Len Bosack in the 1980s, some venture capitalists said the company would be unable to get funding with her as a founder. "I think that some things have changed [in venture capital], but there are some fundamental things that have not changed," Lerner said at a Women 2.0 conference. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/14) Email this Story
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  • Online learning with ACTE
    In partnership with ed2go, ACTE has a new members-only program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, affordable online career training programs to prepare you to launch a new career or advance in an existing one, no matter where you're located. This partnership between ACTE and Cengage allows you to develop new skills and knowledge in order to stand out in today's competitive job market. Learn more. Email this Story
  • SMART Competition for high-school students
    The SMART Competition invites high-school students to design real-world solutions to real-world design challenges that confront design and engineering professionals by asking student teams to redesign a school building to make it function more efficiently in terms of energy use and materials sustainability. The competition is open to all high-school students. Teams consist of three to four students and an education sponsor. Registration opened last month and closes on Jan. 18, 2013. Email this Story
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