High-schoolers train for health care careers | Innovation Zone preps students for skilled jobs | Ohio high school students building prosthetic hand for little girl
October 17, 2018
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Today's career and technical education news from around the country
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Report looks at jobs for high-school grads
Report looks at jobs for high-school grads
There were 13 million jobs available to high-school graduates in 2016 -- a decrease from the 15 million jobs available in 1991 -- according to a report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. Data also show there were 16 million middle-skills jobs available -- jobs for people with more than a high-school education but less than a bachelor's degree -- compared with 12 million in 1991.
U.S. News & World Report (10/16) 
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SMES Need for 2019 Revision Cycle
NOCTI titles for the 2019 revision cycle have been announced, including plans for a new cybersecurity test. Have you considered becoming a NOCTI Subject Matter Expert (SME)? Do you represent industry? Are you a secondary or post-secondary teacher? Have a minimum of 3 years of technical field experience? Consider joining our elite SME network! Apply now!
Secondary CTE
High-schoolers train for health care careers
Indianapolis students are preparing for future careers through the school district's academy program, which includes a health science program where students can even work toward certification as nursing assistants. Career academy coordinator Mee Hee Smith says the program offers students hands-on experience working with patients and helps them get a jump-start on future educational opportunities or training.
Chalkbeat/Indiana (10/16) 
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Innovation Zone preps students for skilled jobs
A Kentucky high school recently constructed an "Innovation Zone" that will house the school's expanding computer-aided design and engineering program. Innovation Zone instructor Carl Owens says the courses prepare students for jobs in the skilled trades through hands-on learning.
WBKO-TV (Bowling Green, Ky.) (10/16) 
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Ohio high school students building prosthetic hand for little girl
Seniors at Ohio's Lakota East High School are making a prosthetic hand for a 4-year-old girl who was born with a condition that causes shorter digits or missing fingers. A 3D scanner was used to create a measurement of the girl's hand, and the students will determine what materials will be used to make the prosthetic hand.
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) (10/11) 
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October is Careers in Construction Month!
With shortages of skilled craft professionals increasing, now is the time to promote construction careers. Show appreciation for all the hard-working, highly skilled men and women who build America and motivate our youth to choose a successful, lucrative career in the industry. Find out how.
Postsecondary CTE
Do colleges need a career-focused curriculum?
Do colleges need a career-focused curriculum?
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Colleges and universities can improve student outcomes by implementing a "purpose first" philosophy that focuses on providing career assessments and guided pathways to help students prepare for the workforce, according to a report from Complete College America. CCA official Dhanfu Elston says it's vitally important for low-income and first-generation students to have career information integrated into their studies.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (10/15) 
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Colleges expected to sign dual-admission agreement
Students at the Community College of Philadelphia will more easily be able to enroll in Rutgers University-Camden under a dual-admission agreement expected to be signed this week. Under the agreement, students who earn an associate degree and meet certain requirements will be able to enroll in the four-year university as juniors.
The Philadelphia Tribune (10/15) 
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MIT developing college for interdisciplinary AI
MIT is launching a college for artificial intelligence education and training for other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, linguistics and history. The school plans to secure $1 billion in funding for faculty and an on-campus presence.
Quartz (10/15) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Construction firms explore innovative ways to attract talent
Some companies are tackling the construction industry labor shortage by developing new approaches to talent acquisition and stepping up adoption of digital tools to lure workers, Joel Galassini of Cemex USA says. In particular, Cemex has ramped up vocational school recruitment and placed greater emphasis on hiring women and veterans.
Forbes (10/15) 
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Opinion: 3 key ways to address the skills gap
Scholarships, public-private partnerships and manufacturing coalitions are just three ways industry can develop young talent, Jim Vinoski writes. One example is the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Commission in Washington state, which offers seven programs involving hundreds of companies.
Forbes (10/15) 
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ACTE Updates
2019 National Award finalists
ACTE is delighted to announce the 2019 national finalists in seven different award categories. The national winners will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, on Nov. 28 during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Awards Banquet is generously sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe and Stratasys. Celebrate your peers.
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Read all about it! Techniques in October
The October issue of Techniques will arrive in mailboxes this week. In the meantime, have you seen our new blog? For PAGES, Managing Editor Lia Milgram sat down with Rachael Mann, co-author of The Martians in Your Classroom, to discuss the challenges and responsibilities that go along with preparing students for careers that don't exist yet. Read more.
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