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January 16, 2013
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  • Okla. school district receives praise for pilot career program
    Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi calls attention in this column to the state's multifaceted approach to post-secondary planning, which was recognized recently in Education Week's 2013 Quality Counts report. Barresi highlights one school district in particular that has forged community and regional partnerships as part of a career-planning program that will expose students to the region's manufacturing and health care industries and help them better recognize their strengths and interests. The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Okla.) (1/15) Email this Story
  • Pa. school district plans multiuse STEM facility
    The Norwin School District in Pennsylvania is looking toward the future and proposing a new center for science, technology, engineering and math education. Built with donations from private industry, officials say the STEM center would be used for teacher training and development, student instruction and as a hub for businesses, vocational centers and colleges interested in working with students. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/16) Email this Story
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  • Opportunities to support STEM education in Texas
    More Austin, Texas, industry leaders should consider joining those that already are providing internships and other learning opportunities for area students, suggests Ray Almgren, chairman of the board of FIRST in Texas, a nonprofit organization designed to support student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. By inspiring students through exposure to STEM careers, businesses can help ensure there will be a sufficient number of engineers and other professionals to meet the workforce demands of the future, he writes. CultureMap (Austin, Texas) (1/15) Email this Story
  • Conn. workforce program launches new careers in STEM
    Unemployed adults in Connecticut have an opportunity to find jobs by enrolling in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Career Center. The program boasts a 68% job-placement rate and has gathered support from major STEM employers, community colleges and training centers. Participants in the program, many of whom lost jobs in the recent recession, took online courses and got additional training to prepare themselves for jobs in various fields. Norwich Bulletin (Conn.) (1/12)
  • IT industry boasts better-than-average employment numbers
    While the U.S. unemployment rate hovers at about 7.8%, the rate for those in the IT industry stands at 3.3% as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data from job site Dice. "The tech segment of the labor market is doing quite well on a number of fronts. There's good job growth in this economy," said Scot Melland, chief executive of Dice Holdings. News Service (1/14)
  • Workplace success may depend on employees' "soft skills"
    Employers surveyed for a recent study said that "soft skills" such as good communication, work ethic and collaboration are in high demand but short supply. Talent management officials suggest businesses take steps to communicate effectively with job applicants about the soft skills needed for success in their company. Human Resource Executive (1/14) Email this Story
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
American poet and educator

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