Agriculture college hosts students for tour | High school showcases CTE programs for sophomores | Colleges find ways to support first-gen students
November 12, 2019
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Tenn. provides grant for CTE expansion
Tenn. provides grant for CTE expansion
Tennessee awarded a nearly $1 million grant to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Dickson to help support workforce development efforts. The funding will be used to expand dual-enrollment programs with area high schools and provide more opportunities for high-schoolers to prepare for careers in the manufacturing industry.
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (11/11) 
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Secondary CTE
Agriculture college hosts students for tour
Middle-schoolers in Nebraska recently visited the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture to learn about potential careers in agriculture. Rashida Vaziri, a teacher, says the effort is aimed at introducing students to a variety of career pathways.
North Platte Telegraph (Neb.) (11/9) 
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High school showcases CTE programs for sophomores
Sophomores at an Ohio high school are exploring potential career pathways available through the school's 10 programs, including in automotive technology and welding. The students recently had an opportunity to see the work first hand before determining a possible program to pursue as a junior or senior.
WLIO-TV/WOHL-CD (Lima, Ohio) (11/11) 
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How Can Science Facilitate SEL?
Hands-on science investigations incorporate SEL into every lesson. Students work in teams, problem-solve, develop communication skills, and build relationships with their peers. Read this white paper to understand how hands-on science can facilitate SEL.
Postsecondary CTE
Colleges find ways to support first-gen students
Colleges and universities are creating programs to help first-generation students connect with each other and faculty members, and some are proving effective in keeping such students on a path to graduation. Sarah Whitley, the director of the Center for First-generation Student Success, says such students are diverse, and many need help in identifying support systems at colleges and universities.
National Public Radio (11/8) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
How to transform slow-moving inventory into profit
Slow-moving inventory of aftermarket service products can financially drain original equipment manufacturers, but the problem can be solved with careful reviews and better processes, according to partners at McKinsey. The inventory can also be sold back to suppliers, offered to customers and distributors or put up for auction to make money.
McKinsey (11/2019) 
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Gage Brothers' new plant in S.D. embraces sustainability
Gage Brothers Concrete Products' new large-scale precast/prestressed operation in Sioux Falls, S.D., features internet-of-things-enabled tools as well as a plethora of battery- and electric-powered technology. The company also saw the new site as a chance to embrace lean manufacturing and value stream mapping to reduce operational waste.
Concrete Products (11/8) 
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Zenbooth's willingness to learn has benefits
Zenbooth, a manufacturer of quiet booths for offices, learned how to speed up its in-house processes and create a positive company culture from longtime manufacturing consultant Gary Weber. The company's young staff has taught Weber about software and apps that he says facilitate quick communication.
IndustryWeek (11/8) 
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3D printing pushes manufacturing toward mass customization
Manufacturers such as Ford, Foxconn and L'Oreal are using 3D printing with different kinds of materials to advance mass customization of products. The technology "works best when parts are impossible to make in a traditional way," says Dror Danai of 3D-printer maker XJet.
CNBC (11/9) 
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ACTE Updates
Democrats pass HEA Reauthorization proposal out of House Committee
On Oct. 29, the House Committee on Education & Labor began a markup on H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act (CAA) and, after three days of debate and amendments, the CAA was approved favorably out of committee on a party-line vote. Read more.
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New resources for Perkins V implementation
Several new resources can help state and local leaders as they work to implement Perkins V. Read more.
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