October 27, 2021
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Students consider future careers in construction
About 800 high-school students in Oklahoma recently learned about careers in construction during the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association's Build My Future OKC event. Company representatives were on hand to showcase construction skills and talk to students about joining the field.
Full Story: KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City) (10/26) 
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SEL is the future of STEM
STEM education aims to prepare students to solve the big problems of the world, it's not enough just to know how to code and calculate. Creating solutions — especially for today's issues — means tapping into our humanity. We explore this connection between STEM and SEL at this year's SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit on October 28. Register now!
Secondary CTE
Ariz. launches Virtual Teacher Institute
K-12 schools in Arizona are partnering with the state's public universities to support teaching and learning, writes Kathy Hoffman, Arizona superintendent of public instruction. In this commentary, Hoffman writes that the partnership recently led to the formation of the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute, a free, online professional development program for teachers statewide.
Full Story: The 74 (10/26) 
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Project-based program brings "learning to life"
Linn-Mar High School in Iowa this year started a project-based learning program, Venture Program, which allows students to address real problems in their community and learn about careers. Elyssa McDowell, the high school's strategic partnerships coordinator, says the approach brings "learning to life."
Full Story: The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Marion, Iowa) (10/26) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Postsecondary CTE
Data: College enrollment approaches historic decline
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National enrollment in undergraduate colleges and universities has declined by 3.2% since this time last year and a total of 6.5% since fall 2019, according to data released Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. If this trend continues, it would mark the largest two-year decline in at least 50 years, said Doug Shapiro, the center's executive director.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/26),  National Public Radio (10/26) 
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Why Education Leaders Need Coaches, Too
Teachers and staff carry an ever greater responsibility for student success. And if there was ever a time when leader coaching and professional development were needed, it's now. Read this SmartFocus to make sure your leader PD and coaching has the potential for greatest impact.
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Workforce Training & Trends
ATA: Truck driver shortage will get worse without changes
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The shortage of truck drivers has grown from 61,000 in 2018 to 80,000 now and could double to 160,000 by 2030 if challenges such as driver pay and high turnover are not solved, according to an American Trucking Associations report. "We have an aging workforce, a workforce that is overwhelmingly male, and finding ways to address those issues is key to narrowing the shortage," ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said.
Full Story: CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly (10/25) 
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Rental robots offer a low-risk starting point for manufacturers that aren't ready to commit to an equipment purchase, writes Ethan Karp, president and CEO of Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, or MAGNET. "It can be daunting to take the first step if you're a company that has done things the same way -- and succeeded -- for years or decades," says Mike O'Donnell of MAGNET, which worked with a chemical company on its first robot rental.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (10/25) 
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How to make lifelong learning more successful
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Relevance, size and curation are key factors in making lifelong learning successful for workers, according to researchers at the London School of Economics. The team surveyed 15 top performers in continuing education across three companies to pinpoint problems -- such as finding time to complete courses and focusing on quick completion rather than subject mastery -- and offers suggestions for more optimal programs.
Full Story: London School of Economics (10/22) 
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The number of oil exploration and production jobs in Texas increased for a fifth consecutive month in September, by 2,900 to 181,100, which is still 18% below January 2020 levels, according to Texas Workforce Commission data analyzed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association. "These jobs are not only among the highest paying jobs in Texas, these workers also play a direct role in our nation's energy security and our pursuit of a cleaner, stronger, better future," said TXOGA President Todd Staples.
Full Story: Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/25) 
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ACTE Updates
Upcoming Innovation & IAED webinars
Mark your calendar for these upcoming free webinars, covering innovative best practices and inclusion, access, equity and diversity (IAED) in CTE:
  • How Virtual Patients are Reshaping Health Education, happening today, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
  • IGNITE Worldwide: Closing the Gender Gap in STEM on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Transforming the Middle School Experience: A Community Approach to College and Career Readiness for Students in Grades Six Through Eight on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Reclaiming Humanity: Services to Individuals who are Justice-involved or Incarcerated on Jan. 13 at noon ET.
Learn more and sign up to attend.
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ACTION ALERT: Ask members of Congress to support CTE funding on Twitter
It is not too late to send a tweet to members of Congress urging them to support career and technical education (CTE) funding in the Build Back Better Act. Engage with your federal policymakers on Twitter today. Read more.
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