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January 21, 2013
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  • Educator calls for more focus on career pathways
    Students in Duluth, Minn., need more career guidance and choices, former educator and school administrator Tony Stauber writes in this commentary. He suggests career planning that meets students' individual needs as one way to increase graduation rates. To that end, Stauber recommends that schools administer vocational-aptitude tests and then provide support to help students understand and apply the results to future decision-making. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (1/18) Email this Story
  • Fla. develops partnerships to help close manufacturing skills gap
    There is a state and national shortage of highly skilled workers for manufacturing jobs, and states like Florida are taking steps to address the situation, Jayne Fifer, president and CEO of the Volusia Manufacturers Association, writes in this commentary. Fifer provides a look at how businesses, schools and lawmakers are working together to train more people for jobs in manufacturing. For example, the Volusia Manufacturers Association is working with a technical school and advising students on engineering and welding as they prepare for a national robotics competition. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (1/20) Email this Story
  • Opinion: Brooklyn school's program can serve as model for others
    The Pathways in Technology Early College High School program in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been receiving the attention of state and national education officials, according to Stanley Litow, IBM's vice president for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and former deputy chancellor of schools for New York City. The high school's model is a six-year program that incorporates a community college curriculum and results in a high-school diploma and an associate's degree in applied computer science. "By working together, educators and employers can prepare larger and larger numbers of students to take the good jobs that we know are available in our city," Litow writes. Daily News (New York) (1/16) Email this Story
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  • Do engineers need a master's degree?
    Bart Sinclair, associate dean of the Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, discusses the pros and cons of pursuing a master's degree in engineering. On one hand, an additional degree can help students focus on a sub-discipline in engineering, he said. On the flip side, the cost of pursing a master's degree may not pay off for many years after students enter the workforce. Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (1/18) Email this Story
  • Survey: Nuclear medicine job openings tighten
    A survey from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists found that in 2011, only 57.2% of nuclear medicine students landed jobs in the field within six months after graduation. Contributing factors include the recession and issues with test reimbursements, the report said. Despite these uncertainties, however, students are still attracted to the radiologic technology profession, according to the report. (1/17)
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