April 21, 2021
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S.D. hosts Week of Work celebration
South Dakota's annual Week of Work celebration is aimed at introducing students to potential career pathways available to them. This year students also participated in a virtual welding competition, in which they were tasked with welding six pieces of metal.
Full Story: KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (4/21) 
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Benefits of Using a Third-Party Developer
Read our latest blog post to learn the benefits of enlisting a third-party to develop credentials and manage your certification programs. By involving a third party, like NOCTI, you can expand your own resources and maintain program integrity while meeting defined standards.
Secondary CTE
Western Nebraska Community College will offer 33 new dual-enrollment courses for students at Gering High School in the next school year. Officials also announced that in addition to attending the courses on the high-school campus and online, students will have an opportunity to learn at the college.
Full Story: Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) (4/19) 
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Students in Iowa are gaining hands-on experience as apprentices at Deere and Company, where they typically are working at the plant by their junior year. Students also are paid for their time, and after they graduate students can be hired by the firm.
Full Story: WQAD-TV (Moline, Ill.) (4/19) 
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A Texas high school is building new space for career and technical education. There will be a new robotics lab, mock hospital and space for students who are learning about the visual arts.
Full Story: KWTX-TV (Waco, Texas) (4/20) 
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Meijer to add 100 interns, donate $200K to youth program
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Meijer is teaming with the GRow 1000 summer intern program in Grand Rapids, Mich., pledging $200,000 to pay for 100 interns working at local nonprofits and other businesses, along with hiring 100 interns itself. "Hands-on work experience can make a big impact on a young person's career path and we are pleased to be able to offer that opportunity to 200 Grand Rapids young people this summer," said Rick Keyes, Meijer's president and CEO.
Full Story: Winsight Grocery Business (4/19) 
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Postsecondary CTE
The Bower Foundation has given the University of Mississippi Medical Center a $3.8 million grant for scholarships for community-college nursing educators and health care administrators. Registered nurses with an associate degree will receive full tuition and a stipend.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (4/19) 
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Workforce Training & Trends
Construction in "mini-megacities" undaunted by pandemic
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Five "mini-megacities" were undergoing a construction boom right before the coronavirus pandemic. A return to those cities shows their construction markets have held up well, building on strengths that made the cities desirable in the first place.
Full Story: Construction Dive (4/19) 
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More than half of fraud examiners have seen a "significant increase" in cyberfraud during the pandemic, per an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners report, and manufacturers most commonly face ransomware attacks and fraudulent electronic payments, write Brad Lutgen and Mary O'Connor of Sikich. Combating fraud requires employee education and a system for collecting anonymous tips, Lutgen and O'Connor write.
Full Story: IndustryWeek (4/20) 
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ACTE Updates
Research roundup
Recent publications on various postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) topics include community college students' needs, community college enrollment trends, COVID-19 impacting students' education plans, and more. Read more.
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Upcoming April webinar
Mark your calendar for the upcoming free webinar: "Confronting Isms in the Classroom" on April 28 at 2 p.m. EDT. Learn more and register.
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