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February 20, 2015

Q&A: Wake Tech Pres. Scott on what apprenticeship programs need to succeed - Apprenticeship programs have garnered a lot of attention lately. Apprentices take classes at Wake Tech and college President Stephen Scott sat down to discuss apprentices and his involvement.

February 18, 2015

Career and Technical Education classes go beyond wrenches and recipes - Career and Technical Education has evolved from its vocational roots. While those roots still run deep -- the days of shop class and home economics are far from obsolete -- CTE is adapting to technology and making changes to align with industry, the job market, and student interests.

February 8, 2015

College Offers Program In Fixing High-Tech Cars - Tinkering with the family car used to be good training for getting a job at a body shop or a garage. But the vehicles rolling off assembly lines these days are so high-tech, a whole new generation of workers is needed to repair them. A new degree program in Fayetteville is designed to fill the growing demand for highly-trained mechanics.

February 6, 2015

Triangle industries create working classrooms - Triangle employers, especially those in manufacturing, look at the available workforce and see a skills gap. They simply can't find qualified workers. During the recession, companies laid off workers to cut costs. As the economy comes back, these companies find it difficult to hire and retain talented workers.

February 3, 2015

Charlotte-area community colleges, tech schools to collaborate - The Charlotte region's community colleges and technical schools have long shared resources. When Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. decided to build a tire-mold plant in Statesville Business Park in 1996, for example, Central Piedmont Community College instructors taught the first worker-training classes. Then those teachers taught Mitchell Community College instructors how to train the next class of students.

February 1, 2015

The qualities companies consider when hiring data scientists - In the past, companies looked for people with math, science and computer/tech backgrounds, who could analyze data quickly and efficiently. Lately, however, more companies are looking for candidates who "fit at the intersection of multiple domains," said D.J. Patil, data scientist at Greylock Partners in an interview. "[Hiring managers are seeking candidates] who can take ideas from one field and apply them to another," he explains.

January 29, 2015

Getting Credit for What You Know: A range of job sectors are now offering certifications to students who pass tests that measure their competency in practical skills. - Welcome to the world of competency-based alternative credentials, sometimes known as occupational certifications. They're increasingly common in many fields, including IT, advanced manufacturing, health care, the energy sector, even hospitality and retail.

January 23, 2015

Why graduating from high school isn't enough - The South can no longer regard high school graduation as an end-point of education, but rather a transition to more education; and inculcating a culture of higher expectations, particularly among black and Latino adolescents, is critical to elevating state and regional educational outcomes.

January 23, 2015

Community Colleges to Host Manufacturing Week; Save the Date for National Manufacturing Day - Over the week of April 12-18, 2015, community colleges across NC will host events to educate the public about advanced manufacturing and the careers offered in the fields of aviation, communication, biotechnology and healthcare.

January 22, 2015

North Meck wants to be a model for CMS in career education - North Mecklenburg's technical institute has four programs, each with partners in the business community and each with the goal of giving students both a high school diploma and a professional certificate.

January 14, 2015

I Owe It All to Community College: Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College - I (Tom Hanks) drove past the campus a few years ago with one of my kids and summed up my two years there this way: "That place made me what I am today."

January 12, 2015

Apprenticeships Could Be Gateway to Middle Class: European style earn-as-you-learn programs are gaining traction in the U.S. - Advocates of such earn-as-you-learn programs say they're a win-win: For the apprentice, it's a pathway to good wages and a solid career that doesn't require taking out loans to pay for a four-year degree. For the employers -- especially for ones in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields that are facing an upcoming shortage of workers as the labor force ages -- it builds a fresh line of talent from the bottom up.

January 7, 2015

Training millennials demands fast results - Finding millennials who are interested in manufacturing and have the aptitude for it are two challenges facing manufacturers trying to replace retiring baby boomers. But there's another: teaching millennials once they find them.

January 6, 2015

The new struggle for colleges - Higher education in America is at a crossroads of two compelling, but competing, forces -- the traditional approach versus a new reality. Traditional four-year institutions are motivated to keep the "college experience" as the defining element for students, while students today are seeking colleges that are affordable and provide the knowledge and technical skills leading to a rewarding career. Public higher education institutions, including community colleges, struggle to remain relevant and affordable in a rapidly changing economy as funding continues to decrease.

December 11, 2014

Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs -- In The Right Fields - Analyzing seven years of post-graduation data from more than 20,000 students who attended Washington state's 34 community and technical colleges, researchers from Columbia University and the Career Ladders Project in Oakland, Calif., found that programs that take more than a year to complete lead to better employment odds and higher wages -- sometimes even more so than a bachelor's degree.
"... high school counselors -- who, they say, for the most part promote only the four-year track -- need to use these data to present community college as a legitimate option for students."

December 8, 2014

Skills gap imperils small-town manufacturing - As labor needs transition from low-cost, low-skilled workers to an educated, highly skilled labor force, auto companies are struggling to persuade this new type of employee to live and work in towns devoid of big-city amenities. The inability to secure labor talent in small rural towns is a symptom of the overall trend of people migrating back to metropolitan epicenters.

December 4, 2014

NC Community college-based Small Business Centers could close - In an effort to spend less money on North Carolina's 58 community colleges, the Office of State Budget and Management has targeted several strategies. A last resort option could be to close the Small Business Center Network programs at all of the state's community colleges.

November 28, 2014

Career academies to prepare students - The Wake County Public School System announced that it will offer an academy at Garner Magnet High, specifically designed for fire and safety for the 2015-16 school year. Meanwhile, Knightdale has started its public safety academy this year. It allows students interested in the profession to take career-themed courses integrated into their curriculum. Students get to apply what they learned through projects and field trips.

November 25, 2014

Turning the Tables on the Vocational Ed Debate - I was one of those students who did everything she was supposed to do. Good grades, good college, all that. But school was all I had ever known, and not once during my sixteen years of education do I recall anyone ever making an explicit connection between what I was learning in school and what I might actually do for a living once I was done. The goal of high school was to get into college. The goal of college was to get a degree. Then what? I wasn't at all prepared for that question.

November 24, 2014

Female Welders Fight Misconceptions - More women entering male-dominated field as demand for welders continues to grow.

November 13, 2014

Skills Beyond School: the Review of Post-secondary Vocational Education and Training - Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged? This report synthesises the findings of the series of country reports done on skills beyond school.

November 12, 2014

More high schools teach manufacturing skills - Manufacturing courses were dropped from vocational education programs as the industry declined over the past three decades, and no one tracks how many high schools offer them now. Manufacturers are increasingly looking to high schools and community colleges to fill current staffing needs and gear up for a wave of Baby Boomer retirements. Educators are trying to dispel student's misconceptions about the industry and spark their interest before they choose other jobs or head to four-year colleges, a costly career investment that has yielded disappointing results for some graduates.

November 12, 2014

5 Ways to Incorporate Millennials Into the Manufacturing Workforce - Manufacturing continues to grow in the United States. Whether it is the result of increased demand from the "Buy Local" movement or the shift to investing in a more "homegrown" manufacturing base and workforce, manufacturing has increased steadily over the past 18 months and generated opportunities for high-quality, skilled employment. Yet these opportunities require a different skill set than previous manufacturing positions. Today's manufacturing jobs require employees to be computer-savvy multitaskers able to transfer seamlessly between processes within the organization. These jobs sound like perfect fits for the Millennial workforce, but many organizations are hesitant to hire Millennials. What's more, many Millennials aren't interested in working in manufacturing.

November 6, 2014

5 Ways to Incorporate Millennials Into the Manufacturing Workforce - Manufacturing continues to grow in the United States. Whether it is the result of increased demand from the "Buy Local" movement or the shift to investing in a more "homegrown" manufacturing base and workforce, manufacturing has increased steadily over the past 18 months and generated opportunities for high-quality, skilled employment. Yet these opportunities require a different skill set than previous manufacturing positions. Today's manufacturing jobs require employees to be computer-savvy multitaskers able to transfer seamlessly between processes within the organization. These jobs sound like perfect fits for the Millennial workforce, but many organizations are hesitant to hire Millennials. What's more, many Millennials aren't interested in working in manufacturing. Employers' perceptions of Millennials are that they are not willing to work hard to move up in the company and that they are more focused on themselves than on their jobs. Millennials, on the other hand, consider manufacturing jobs to be unglamorous, boring, dirty, and tedious.

November 5, 2014

NC Manufacturing Alliance News for October - National Manufacturing Day plans, Jacob Holmes hires for $45 million expansion, College receives coveted designation, Instructor invited to World Maker Faire, New aerospace composites class, and much more!

November 5, 2014

Two Triangle area companies earn 2014 N.C. Manufacturer of the Year honors - Mebane-based mattress company Kingsdown Inc. and heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. have received the 2014 North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year award.

October 28, 2014

Report to the President: Accelerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing - After more than a decade of job losses, we've added more than 700,000 manufacturing jobs over nearly five straight years of job growth. Those jobs lead to others along the supply chain and in local communities. U.S. manufacturing is now growing at nearly twice the rate of the economy, the longest sustained period of outpacing the overall economy since the 1960s.

September 26, 2014

Gov. McCrory: We need fewer lawyers, fewer journalists and more truck drivers - Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday said that North Carolina needs fewer journalists and lawyers and more truck drivers and technical workers as he unveiled his "1,000 in 100" work force development initiative in Greensboro as part of a three-city tour. There is already a shortage of qualified, dependable workers in areas ranging from Information technology "to mechanical to electrical to maintenance to HVAC," McCrory said to a crowd at Epes Transport System Inc. in Greensboro.

September 25, 2014

NC Gov. Pat McCrory rolls out new effort to fight employment 'skills gap' - The job skills North Carolina companies need and the ones the state's workers possess don't always match, Gov. Pat McCrory contends. That's why he and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said Thursday that state and local officials will fan out across all 100 counties in the next 100 days, asking 1,000 companies about the skills they need in new employees.

September 25, 2014

Freightliner contract jump-starts N.C.'s push to house auto plants - When Freightliner won a bid contract earlier this year to supply the North Carolina Department of Transportation's fleet of heavy duty trucks and dump trucks, it also set in motion what could be the first modern vehicle made in North Carolina. All of the truck chassis will be manufactured at Freightliner's plant in Mt. Holly, west of Charlotte. Additionally, most of the components of the N.C. DOT truck will also be manufactured by businesses in the state, including: * Godwin dump beds and snowplow packages made in Dunn.; * Cummins engines built in Rocky Mount; * Meritor driveline components built in Fletcher, Forest City and Laurinburg; and * ConMet axle components and structural plastics made in Monroe and Bryson City.

September 23, 2014

Career and Technical Education Back From the Brink - And for many employers, when it's time to consider applicants, experience is often the missing element. "We're finding that many of today's engineers are theory with no practical application," Walters says, referring to college graduates entering the field. "They can design, but cannot build." His students can do both.

September 17, 2014

Why High-School Students Should Consider These 5 Ridiculously Promising Careers - Career exploration is sometimes limited to only what students have been exposed to. Often students pursue careers based on familiarity. That means choosing careers their parents have had, those glamorized on television and social media, or others they encounter as adolescents. But there is value in thinking outside the box when it comes to career exploration. Instead of choosing a career and retrofitting it to students' skills and talents, why not take the time to explore and develop interests, then make post-secondary decisions based on these findings?

September 17, 2014

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities - Art and music also convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance, and commitment. Additionally, students actually learn and exercise all of the 21st century skills so-called corporate education reformers claim are essential to employers. From set design and orchestration, to staging and improvisation, music, drama, and art are a collective smorgasbord of practical application. The arts impart practical employable skills from project management, team building, and effective time administration, to leadership, cooperation and collaboration. And yet, the deliberate targeting of these programs and willful mischaracterization of them as secondary to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) robs not only students, but also parents and communities of one of the most honest, public measures of student achievement and success.

September 12, 2014

Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo: Federal, State Governments Push Apprentice Programs, but Find Few Domestic Takers - The governors from Michigan to North Carolina have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector's woes: German-style apprenticeship programs. But their success is proving to be unusually one-sided, mostly drawing firms based in Germany and other non-U.S. countries. In North Carolina, "Apprenticeship 2000," a program combining classroom work and on-the-job training, has drawn numerous German companies but so far only two U.S. firms, Ameritech Die & Mold Inc. and Timken Co.

September 12, 2014

Top 5 skills wanted by N.C. tech employers - The top five job skills tech employers were looking for in August were: Java, SQL, Windows OS, Business Analysis, Oracle DBMS

September 11, 2014

How 'cool' would it be if more kids were psyched about STEM? - Part of the difficulty of getting kids into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is the common misconception that it's reserved for geeks or only the "smartest" kids in class. What if we could replace those images with real, relatable people, who kids have access to from an early age? While most people know me as an actress on "The Big Bang Theory," I also have a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. I am a science geek and I embrace it! In high school and college, I spent hours upon hours with my graphing calculator in order to gain a deeper understanding of abstract concepts in science and mathematics. Today, many kids spend hours upon hours with their cell phones and tablets, which honestly worries me.

September 9, 2014

5 lessons for preparing students for manufacturing careers - Today we are seeing collaboration like never before between manufacturers, government groups, academic institutions and other partners to prepare students for good-paying careers in digitally driven, clean environments so that they are ready to innovate and break new ground for their companies -- and our country. Here are five lessons learned from working with educators that may help your academic institution create and sustain winning programs.

September 7, 2014

Big Data Measuring Dollar Value of NC College Degrees - New Website Links College Records with Salary Data Collected by State Unemployment Agency

September 7, 2014

Top Paying Degrees from N.C. Colleges, Universities - Top paying associate degree programs from North Carolina community colleges, and university bachelor's degree programs, by median wages

September 6, 2014

Robotics sales driving need for engineers - Fueled by strong demand from manufacturing companies in all sectors, the need for robots and the engineers needed to build and maintain them has grown at a record pace, experts said. A record 14,135 robots, valued at $788 million have been ordered from robotics companies in the first half of 2014, an increase of 16 percent in revenue over the same period in 2013, according to the Robotic Industries Association.

August 28, 2014

Jobs Of The Future: Where They Are, How To Get Them - Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects health care and construction jobs to grow as baby boomers age in greater numbers and the economic rebound gives people the confidence to build new homes, the jobs of the future aren't so easily defined. According to a recent study by online job matching service TheLadders, the fastest growing jobs are in user experience design, iOS and Android development, and business intelligence--some of which didn't exist before 2007.

August 25, 2014

Shop Class Not for Slackers as Mechanic Out-Earns Peers - Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class.

August 17, 2014

Volkswagen Brings German-Style Vocational Training To Tennessee - Volkswagen is facing what company officials call the "stigma" of vocational education and the American conventional wisdom that the pathway to a good job runs through a four-year college. The automaker has been pulling teenagers off the traditional American track for its German-style apprenticeship program in Chattanooga. Once accepted, the company's "mechatronics" students earn a small stipend over the course of three years while learning how to maintain robotics in VW's only U.S. plant. If they stick with the program, they are hired with a starting salary of $22 an hour. They also earn an associate's degree from Chattanooga State Community College and a DIHK certification from the German American Chamber of Commerce, which would allow them to work at auto plants in Germany.

August 15, 2014

N.C. State's College of Textiles awarded first Wal-Mart grant for manufacturing study - N.C. State University's College of Textiles has been awarded one of the first grants from a $10 million fund established by retail giant Wal-Mart to improve domestic manufacturing processes. The purpose of the fund is to create new manufacturing processes and ideas that could lead to job creation among U.S. manufacturing plants.

August 10, 2014

Wake County's new high school aims students toward jobs - At the county's new career and technical education high school, the newly renovated building holds little evidence of the dark, dank Coca-Cola bottling plant it once housed. Instead, light streams through new skylights and furniture is clustered in common areas to promote collaboration among students, giving the new Vernon Malone College and Career Academy a distinctive look that befits its singular status.

August 9, 2014

Cape Fear Community College to offer program in rising field of mechatronics - Manufacturing these days is more than pushing buttons. In fact, jobs at some companies across the nation are going unfilled because workers just don't have the skills needed for advanced manufacturing. Cape Fear Community College hopes to provide those skills in a new program starting this week. The program will train students to operate and maintain mechatronic machines. Mechatronics is a combination of mechanical engineering, computing and electronics used in development of new manufacturing techniques.

August 6, 2014

Viewpoint: Manufacturing Is Cool. Really. - In her first column for ThomasNet News, Karen Norheim of American Crane & Equipment tells her story of how she got into manufacturing and writes how professionals must come together to proactively solve the problems that could change the course U.S. manufacturing's future. This includes attracting more women to the business.

July 3, 2014

Consider a Career in Manufacturing as an MBA - As more production operations come to the U.S., MBAs have new opportunities to work in manufacturing.

June 11, 2014

Heinz and Ford explore using tomatoes to build cars - Researchers at H.J. Heinz Co. and Ford Motor Co. are investigating the use of tomato fibers in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing.

June 10, 2014

Commerce secretary tells Detroit crowd: Factory careers are rewarding - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker urged manufacturers to work with students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors to promote the idea that factory careers can be innovative and challenging instead of dull, dirty and dangerous. Pritzker urged manufacturers to open their doors to students, teachers and parents on National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3 to make factory careers less remote for tomorrow's workforce.

June 10, 2014

College Prep Is Career Prep - Do we want students to graduate ready for college or ready for careers? In the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, our answer is yes--because we see no difference between being ready for college and ready for a career. Instead, we believe we have an imperative to graduate all students with a skill set that prepares them for economic independence and their next step in life, wherever and however they choose to pursue it. Our experience has been that focusing students on goals, rather than segregating them by what those goals are, is the pathway to success. Employers want high school graduates who can think mathematically, communicate, create, work in teams, and solve problems in an entrepreneurial environment. Colleges and universities continue to seek high school graduates who are academically prepared (in a range of subjects, including math) and can communicate, create, and think critically.

June 9, 2014

Manufacturers feel good about themselves, bad about government - The next 12 months should be good ones for manufacturers -- they expect their best year for sales, hiring and capital investment since 2011. Manufacturers expect sales to increase by 4.1 percent and their work force to grow by 1.7 percent over the next 12 months. They plan to increase capital investment by 2.3 percent. Nearly 86 percent of manufacturers have a positive business outlook.

June 9, 2014

Students training for jobs ready to be filled - Career-oriented education is expanding in the Wilkes County schools, largely through the statewide Career and College Promise (CCP) program. CCP is a partnership between public schools and community colleges through which high school juniors and seniors take college courses and simultaneously earn college credits toward a certificate, diploma or associate (two-year) degree and high school elective credit.

May 20, 2014

Beaufort County Schools expands career and technical education programs - While many might remember classes in high school like woodworking and shop, Beaufort County Schools is bringing career and technical education (CTE) to a whole new level. From masonry and drafting to animal science and nursing, students are gaining credentials to jump start their careers. Some classes even have wait lists. The district is expanding its CTE programs to include other industries.

May 19, 2014

Why High School Students Should 'Dissect' Power Tools--Not Frogs - How do we develop the next generation of tinkerers who will produce the innovative new products and processes that will enable the U.S. to maintain its standard of living and economic leadership? We can start by requiring that students "dissect" power tools in high school.

May 16, 2014

Selling manufacturing to a new generation - Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line.

May 14, 2014

Is 8th Grade Too Early to Pick a Career? - Inside South Carolina's experiment to bring career counseling into the classroom from kindergarten through senior year.

May 8, 2014

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects - For far too long, school has organized learning into divided disciplines: English, science, history, math, and so on. It seems fine because we're all used to it. The problem, however, is that students then internalize a divided conception of knowledge; they're conditioned into a view of life where specialization reigns. While categorized subjects made some sense for the industrialized 20th century, they may not be the best bet for this century.

May 7, 2014

U.S. Manufacturers Say Skills Gap Could Compromise Competitiveness:New talent needed as baby boomers age and jobs continue growing in the industry. - American manufacturers are increasingly finding that prospective workers do not have the skill set required to perform necessary job functions, such as basic math and computer abilities. The so-called "skills gap," if unresolved, could compromise manufacturers' ability to stay competitive, according to some industry leaders. The cause of the gap is multifaceted. Manufacturing activity has increased in the U.S. for nearly a year and with it grows businesses' need for skilled workers. Exacerbating the shortage is the wave of retiring baby boomers, those Americans born between 1946 and 1964.

May 2, 2014

Vocational High Schools: Career Path or Kiss of Death? - Education professionals are split on whether vocational training in high school helps or hurts students.

April 29, 2014

An Overview for Parents: English Language Arts and Mathemetics in North Carolina Public Schools - This publication outlines what children should know and accomplish at various grade levels. The overview provides examples of Common Core Standards at every grade level, K-12.

April 28, 2014

Event at Motor Speedway stresses STEM education, careers - Purdue University will kick off a program in May that harnesses the excitement of auto racing to teach science, technology, engineering and math and promote STEM-related careers. The M-STEM3 500, May 12 and 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will launch the M-STEM3 program. Students will have an opportunity during the event to meet industry-related employers during a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

April 28, 2014

Extracurriculars Are Central to Learning: Subjects such as art, music and foreign languages have long-lasting benefits. - Groundbreaking work of cognitive neuroscientists reveals what we think are "extras" are central to strengthening our minds. Studying Mandarin or music as a child might do more for your adult brain and long-term economic prospects than studying biology. Take music as an example. A study by Virginia Penhune at Concordia University shows that musical training, particularly instrumental training, produces long lasting changes in motor abilities and brain structure. The earlier a child starts instrumental training, the stronger the connection between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. These changes last into adulthood and are proven to affect the ability to listen and communicate as an adult.

April 24, 2014

Apprenticeships Gain Renewed Attention - Apprenticeships in the U.S. have traditionally been connected to the building and construction trades, but that's beginning to change. As an apprentice, Shaw is a full time employee and collects a 40-hour a week paycheck. He works at the plant three days a week and spends the other two days taking classes at Rhodes State College, which is paid for by Grob. At the end of the program he'll have earned an associate's degree in manufacturing engineering.

April 23, 2014

The Online College Labor Market: Where the Jobs Are - Employers have been increasingly utilizing online job boards and employer websites to fill job openings. This report analyzes the online demand for college talent in the job market to find the most in-demand jobs in various occupational fields. The Online College Labor Market finds that: More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with a bachelor's degree or higher are advertised online, compared to only 50 percent of job openings for workers with less education.

April 18, 2014

Duke Energy funds mechatronics system at Forsyth Tech - A grant from Duke Energy of $248,088 will buy a sophisticated mechatronics system for use by students at Forsyth Technical Community College. The mechatronics learning system integrates mechanical, electrical, electronic and computerized control systems of the kinds used on modern flexible manufacturing lines. It's a form of training that area employers have been asking for.

April 16, 2014

Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants - Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs.

April 16, 2014

NY Fed poll: Skilled factory, service workers hard to find - The poll indicates that candidates with advanced computer skills were very difficult to find. Among manufacturers, employees who are punctual and reliable also were tough to locate, followed by those with basic math skills. For service firms, employees with interpersonal skills were hard to find followed by those who are punctual and reliable.

April 15, 2014

Young people overlooking manufacturing jobs - Despite better than average pay and benefits, many young people are overlooking careers in manufacturing. To help turn the tide, N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose is leading a statewide effort to "rebrand" the manufacturing sector and increase its appeal among students, teachers and parents.

April 14, 2014

Governor McCrory Launches Major Workforce Development Initiative - Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.

"While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work," said Governor McCrory. "As we continue to rebuild, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient. Today we are officially launching NCWorks to focus on one goal -- connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people."

April 4, 2014

N.C. ranks second in U.S. aerospace job growth - North Carolina ranks second in aerospace job growth between 2007 and 2012, according to a recent report by Avalanche Consulting of Texas, which analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

April 1, 2014

Vocational training essential for future workers - Fact 1: We have a large percentage of employable youth under 25 ill equipped to meet the needs of employers. Repeated studies have verified that businesses are disappointed with the quality of applicants in specific areas. Primary among those are skills in critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and effective communications across all media platforms.

April 1, 2014

Internships aren't just for college students: High school internships growing in popularity - Developmental Psychologist Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell believes the benefits of interning in high school go beyond networking. She says students develop skills like organization and strategic thinking that they can't learn in a classroom. And, for high school kids, internships are less about finding a career track and more about finding themselves.

March 29, 2014

'Career Technical' Education: More Middle in the Middle Class? Training students for jobs that are less likely to be outsourced, de-skilled, or stuck at minimum wage. - I am no one's idea of an education specialist, but I've tried to follow the ways American institutions equip people, or hamper them, for the endless process of reinvention and adaptation that is American economic and social life. College education is obviously valuable in its own right and, usually, as a path toward better career options. But not everyone will start or stay in college. The importance of skilled technical jobs, from machinists to construction engineers, is they're generally interesting in themselves, they're less likely to be outsourced or "de-skilled" than even some white-collar work, and they are better paid than retail or low-end service work. Everyone recognizes this when we look at, say, the successful apprenticeship programs in Germany. The news, for my wife and me, was the rise of such efforts in American schools.

March 27, 2014

STEM or STEAM? We're Missing the Point - But what exactly is STEM education? It's much more than science, technology, engineering and math, which are usually taught as discrete subjects with math down one hallway in the school and science down another. Rather, STEM is the applied, integrated approach to those subjects. It is about using math and science to solve real-world challenges and problems. This applied, project-based way of teaching and learning allows students to understand and appreciate the relevancy of their work to the world around them. Arguably, STEM is at the core of everything.

March 26, 2014

Conventional image of 'dirty' manufacturing scaring away critical talent pool of smart, skilled women - As a teen who grew up in Ottawa's middle-class suburbs, she was exposed to a plethora of white-collar career paths. She could have gone into sales management, like her father. She could have found a path into the federal capital's civil service, like her mother. She could have tagged along with the girls who roamed her high school halls and pursued professions like nursing, social work or teaching. Or she could have followed her male peers, who gravitated toward careers in journalism, accounting or civil engineering. But Ms. Slumkoski didn't do any of those things. Instead, she became a welder.

March 26, 2014

Scaling "Stackable Credentials": Implications for Implementation and Policy - Postsecondary education and credentials are key to economic mobility for individuals and economic competitiveness for our nation. Professional certifications, licenses, and educational certificates have labor market value, especially for people without a bachelor's degree and people with professional degrees.

March 24, 2014

Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing Production Roars Back - U.S. factory output posted an unexpectedly sharp rebound in February that all but reversed January's weather-caused setback, offering an encouraging sign of an economy that is once again picking up momentum. The 0.8 percent expansion in the production of goods, the biggest spurt in six months, virtually offset the revised 0.9 percent drop at the start of the year. The robust manufacturing growth also propelled the industrial production index to a 0.6 percent increase, its biggest gain in three months despite output reversals in the nation's mines and power plants.

March 21, 2014

Fayetteville Technical Community College to host events for N.C. Manufacturing Awareness Week next month - Several campus events are planned during the week, including tours of the school's manufacturing programs, equipment demonstrations, a visit by the state's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) bus and a lunchtime speech on April 9 by Jimmy Wakeford, president of Barefoot CNC, a computer-aided manufacturing company in Morganton.

March 11, 2014

Survey: South feeling most optimism over new construction projects - The construction industry is once again picking up. In a new survey released last week, contractors across the United States are expressing the most optimism about the upcoming year for commercial real estate construction since the downturn nearly seven years ago.

Nowhere was the optimism greater than in the South, according to the survey from the Associated General Contractors of America. The South -- which included Georgia, the Carolinas, Texas and the District of Columbia in the survey -- also shows more confidence than another other region in the demand for new retail, warehouse and lodging projects. The same goes for the construction of new offices for the private sector, according to the survey. Contractors across the South were also the most optimistic compared to other regions about new hospital and higher education construction.

March 11, 2014

Mythbusters' Adam Savage: Ignorance Is Not Bliss - MythBusters Host Adam Savage took to his first-ever South by Southwest stage with a mission, to help people see art and science as two complementary, not opposing, disciplines. In a Monday afternoon talk entitled The Maker Age: Enlightened Views the original co-host of the now decade-plus-old Discovery Channel show explained that we need to stop viewing science and art as separate from us.

March 10, 2014

Manufacturers see best business outlook in two years - Manufacturers are more optimistic about their prospects than they've been in two years, according to a new survey by the National Association of Manufacturers. The quarterly survey found that 86.1 percent of manufacturers think the business outlook is positive or somewhat positive. That's their brightest outlook since the first quarter of 2012.

March 10, 2014

These Amazing Prosthetic Hands Were Built By High School Students - Ask a bunch of kids to design technology for disabled people their age and you get an entirely different kind of creative thinking, from a "Swiss Army Hand" to a functional baseball glove. "It's not about the regular subjects and the one-hour schedule that makes it hard for people to dig deeper," says Saeed Arida, NuVu's founder and "chief excitement officer." "They get a completely different perspective on college, and what they want to do."

March 9, 2014

Wake County still has openings for its new career and technical high school - Wake County's newest high school, aimed at teaching students job skills that can help them earn a good living after graduation, still has many open spots, and has extended the deadline for applications. The school will eventually hold up to 700 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The offerings will include air conditioning and heating repair, cosmetology, automobile collision repair, electronic systems, plumbing, welding, nursing assistant, bio-pharmaceuticals, geospatial information systems, and simulation and game development.

March 6, 2014

TC Makers: Check Out The Georgia Tech Invention Studio Where Students Build The Future - Founded in 2009, Georgia Tech's 3,000 square-foot Invention Studio features 3D printers, laser cutters, injection molding machines, and literally everything else a maker could want, is now a powerhouse and sponsors line up to donate cash to the free, 24-hour hacker space. The studio is entirely student-run with experienced mentors who train newbies on the machinery.

March 4, 2014

How to teach skills for post-school success - Should every student be prepared for and have the choice to attend college, or pursue other types of post-high school opportunities--whether it's to attend a trade school, serve in the military, or enter the workplace? Absolutely.

College and career readiness has become an important topic of conversation across the nation as policy makers, educators, community leaders, and business professionals look for new ways to ensure all students are prepared to succeed after high school.

March 3, 2014

Robotics and automated manufacturing course starting this fall for Shelby County students - A high school is preparing to offer a course starting this fall that will get high school students on a path to pursuing a career in robotics and automated manufacturing. The school district is utilizing a $500,000 grant from the state to implement the Robotics and Automated Manufacturing program, known as R.A.M., which will be available at the College and Career Center in Columbiana. "It is preparing students to work in the field of industrial maintenance and automated manufacturing, which frankly, I think, the first thing that will come to mind is jobs like Mercedes and Hyundai," which have plants in Alabama, said Rene Day, the district's coordinator for career and technical education, college and career planning, and community partnerships.

February 26, 2014

Colleges ramp up career guidance for students - There's a new priority on campus, one that's echoing at colleges coast to coast. Under growing pressure to demonstrate the return on investment of a college education, many schools are boosting their attention to jobs and careers.

February 19, 2014

Students get a lesson on technical career options - Onslow County middle schoolers got an early lesson in career and technical education Tuesday. Nearly 2,000 8th graders packed the American Legion Building in Jacksonville to learn about CTE course offerings available to them in high school.

February 19, 2014

Big scoop: Huge ice-cream plant donates $12,000 to prepare students for advanced manufacturing - Unilever is taking steps to ensure advanced manufacturing workers are available for what is on track to become the world's largest ice cream plant at Covington.
Unilever donated $12,000 for a program in which high school juniors and seniors get dual-enrollment into Dyersburg State Community College for industrial-prep courses.
The courses are designed to prepare students for advanced manufacturing so they can land production jobs at Unilever and other companies after high school.

February 11, 2014

Manufacturing skills gap prompts push to showcase career to high schoolers - A coalition of local manufacturers, economic development groups, and school career centers are hoping a manufacturing-lab-on-wheels will entice students to consider jobs in the manufacturing industry.

February 4, 2014

Rise in Manufacturing Jobs Prompts Efforts to Train K-12 Students - Simple woodcarving in shop class doesn't cut it for the 21st century job market, school officials say. In the corner of the computer lab, a 3-D printer rests alongside the paper printer. In adjacent, wide-open rooms, students are carving metal, building robots, and using laser and vinyl cutters. "You read statistics that manufacturing is coming back, but the jobs coming with it are advanced and high-tech."

January 30, 2014

New McDowell High School classes will focus on agriculture - Starting next year, the school will offer a variety of agriculture classes, including Agriscience Applications, Animal Science I and II and Horticulture I and II. Career and Technical Education Director Mary Finley said the program had come about after years of planning by an Agriculture Committee, which is made up of school board members and members of the community.

January 28, 2014

New McDowell High School classes focus on firefighting, EMT training - Starting next year, Career and Technical Education at McDowell High School will offer three classes to students grades nine through 12, who are interested in firefighting -- Fire Fighter Technology I, Fire Fighter Technology II, and Fire Fighter Technology III.

January 24, 2014

North Carolina Jobs Plan - Recommended Strategies for Economic Growth 2014-2024

January 23, 2014

Fayetteville-area high school students get taste of medical careers in new program - Ayleen Barraza and Jasmine Wofford used a small drill to simulate the removal of decay from a tooth. The teenagers wore lab coats, masks and face shields as they worked at a small station in their classroom at Howard Health & Life Sciences High School. For the past week, Ayleen and Jasmine have immersed themselves in the world of dentistry. The freshmen are enrolled in a new program at their high school that explores health careers. Students learn about various fields, including forensics, clinical lab practices, veterinary medicine, pharmacology and biomedical engineering.

January 21, 2014

RCCC adds new fire safety program at South Rowan - Rowan-Cabarrus Community College partnered with South Rowan High School to begin the college education of seven juniors and seniors this past fall. The new and exciting program at South Rowan HS allows interested students to get a jump start on their college-level fire protection technology classes without leaving their high school. During two instructional blocks a day, the students earned six college credits this fall. Juniors who began this program will ultimately complete 18 credits and earn a certificate in basic fire operations.

January 20, 2014

Sherwood looking to expand manufacturing education to middle schools, rural Oregon - Simple wood-carving in shop class doesn't cut it for the 21st century job market, school officials say. A computer matters more than a saw. In the corner of the Bowmen Fabrication Laboratory's computer lab, a 3-D printer rests alongside the paper printer. In adjacent wide open rooms, students are carving metal, building robots and using laser and vinyl cutters.

January 15, 2014

Obama to announce new manufacturing institute led by NCSU - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce a consortium of 18 businesses and seven universities from across the country tasked with creating a manufacturing innovation institute. The aim of the consortium, which will be led by NCSU and include Durham-based Cree, is to develop next-generation, high-powered electronics.

January 15, 2014

How Raleigh's new manufacturing hub could spawn a new industry - Today's news at N.C. State University could someday revolutionize your smartphone and create entirely new industries. That's according to Allen Burchett, senior vice president of business development for ABB, which has a research facility at Centennial Campus as well as its North American headquarters in Cary. He says the news of an NCSU manufacturing innovation hub is "game-changing."

January 12, 2014

Engineering & computer science majors earned the highest starting salaries in 2013 (report) - According to data from a nonprofit group, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the outlook for new grads is slightly better than 2012. For students that land a job, the average starting salary is $45,600 and salaries are 2.6 percent higher than in 2012.

January 12, 2014

On the Job: Digital natives need these skills to land job - Many businesses today have expressed frustration with younger workers. They claim they lack the proper business skills and other professional abilities that will help make them good employees. However, some employers aren't content simply to complain about Millennials' lack of skills but are being active in addressing them.

January 10, 2014

Knightdale High introduces new public safety academy - Knightdale High School is working to create a Public Safety Academy to function alongside its Academy of Environmental Studies. The Public Safety Academy, open for rising 9th- and 10th-graders, will focus on careers in correction services, emergency and fire management services, law enforcement, legal services, and security and protective services.

January 7, 2014

Which States Will Generate Jobs in 2014? - Nearly 572,000 of the new jobs will be added in just two states, Texas and California, according to Moody's Analytics, a global economic forecasting company. Florida will add 176,000 jobs, while Arizona is expected to add 77,000, Moody's estimates.

January 6, 2014

The 8 Hottest Tech Jobs of 2014 - "Everyone knows the tech industry will continue to sizzle in 2014, but where employers are really focusing big is investment, innovation and hiring across mobile, big data, analytics and privacy," Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor community expert, tells Mashable. "If a job seeker has experience in any of these areas, it's likely he or she is going to be a hot commodity."

January 5, 2014

CMS, charter board race to teach business and vocational skills - Both Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and a charter school are planning new high schools in Charlotte that focus on careers in Advanced Manufacturing.

January 2, 2014

Kids' Stomping Feet Generate The Energy For This School - Roughly 60 miles west of London, pupils at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys are trampling on a promising new technology for "smart" cities on their way to class. Twenty-four specially designed floor tiles in the school's hallway harvest and store energy from students' footsteps, using it to power the lights.

December 23, 2013

BISD: Connecting students to businesses: New program helps fill need for youth, employers - "The Campus to Careers program allows our students to see what careers are available in their community and the surrounding area," Hudson said. "This real-time information will help students make valuable scheduling decisions based on career information. (The students) are making decisions now about what they want to do down the road." As a result, Hudson said, students will be able to gain real world experiences, connect to jobs and careers and also to discover new talents and interests they may not have been exposed to yet.

December 22, 2013

State board mulls study plans for each student - Eighth grade students in the Lawrence school district are all required to take a class called Career and Life Planning, where they are asked to begin thinking about what they want to study in the future, and what kind of careers they hope to have. And at some point during that class, many of them will fill out an Individual Plan of Study, or an IPS, which is meant to help them and their guidance counselors select the classes they'll need in high school and beyond in order to pursue those goals.

December 19, 2013

BLS Employment Projections: 2012-2022 Summary - Occupations and industries related to healthcare are projected to add the most new jobs between 2012 and 2022. Total employment is projected to increase 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the decade.

In addition to projecting employment for each detailed occupation, BLS depicts the education, related work experience, and on-the-job training typically needed for occupations. Occupations that typically require postsecondary education for entry are expected, on average, to grow faster than occupations that require a high school diploma or less.

December 16, 2013

This Isn't Your Dad's Vocational School - What used to be Dalton High School's wood shop is now free of dust. Instead, it's filled with welding stations, a 3-D printer, and a computer-controlled plasma cutter. Students work with the engineering students across the hall on robotics projects, building their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Starting this year, all ninth-graders in Georgia will be required to follow a career- or academic-focused "pathway"--in agribusiness, say, or finance--to graduate from high school. In Dalton, educators know that industry-focused courses can help teens thrive--but only when such courses aren't considered a separate track. The lines between electives, college-preparatory work, and career exploration are blurring. Schools that take this seriously can use career courses to elevate every student's education, rather than to warehouse the students lagging behind.

December 16, 2013

Final Report on Enhancement, Consolidation and Discontinuation of Programs at Appalachian State University - The university is recommending eliminating all of the Career & Technical Education programs that are currently preparing high school Career & Technical Education teachers. This comes at a time when the economy needs more Career & Technical Education teachers to prepare the next generation of technical workers.

December 14, 2013

Tours highlight technology towers - Each technology tower contains several courses dedicated to teaching students about a specific trade. For example, students in the advanced construction tower at JHS learn carpentry, electrical trades, drafting and blue print reading while students studying automotive technology at Southwest learn automotive electronics, how to work on brakes, fuel lines and more.

December 5, 2013

N.C. to prioritize manufacturing, aviation, defense jobs - Decker says that agency will go after industry clusters such as advanced manufacturing, along with defense and aviation segments to attract jobs to certain areas of the state.

December 4, 2013

N.C. State to offer new supply-chain degree - A new joint master's program at N.C. State University will aim to prepare students for careers in operations, supply-chain management or logistics. The program will be offered jointly between the Poole College of Management's Jenkins Graduate School and the College of Engineering's Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). The program is dubbed the Master of Supply Chain Engineering and Management program (MSCEM).

December 2, 2013

Manufacturing on a roll unless Congress throws a wrench into it - The assembly lines are cranking: Manufacturing activity expanded for the sixth consecutive month in November, according to the Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managers' index.

December 2, 2013

Dallas ISD initiative aims to put graduates in high-demand jobs - Superintendent Mike Miles promised a program last year that would put thousands of Dallas ISD graduates in local jobs after high school. Under his plan, the district would certify students as career-ready after they complete training on how to be persistent, effective and congenial employees. Miles wanted businesses to commit to providing 1,000 jobs by this year and a total of 3,000 by 2015. The plan was received as well-intentioned but not realistic. With the help of business leaders, it's being reconfigured to meet the needs of North Texas employers.

November 27, 2013

Recasting high school, German firms transplant apprentice model to U.S. - A program that some see as an answer to one of the chief challenges facing the U.S. economy: Why, when so many people, particularly the young, are looking for work, do high-level manufacturing jobs at places like Siemens go unfilled? The country has the world's most extensive and sophisticated system of higher education, yet top executives warn of a crisis in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines considered to be at the core of global economic competitiveness.

November 22, 2013

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to invest $10M in Carnegie Mellon University - Abby Simmons, spokesperson for the university, said CMU will be working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Foxconn on a research initiative to bring high-tech manufacturing jobs to the state. Simmons said CMU will work with Foxconn to integrate robotics and advanced manufacturing techniques into the company's manufacturing process. It's part of a a $40 million investment in Pennsylvania by Foxconn.

November 13, 2013

Toyota Committed to STEM Education - Among the company's effort to prepare students for careers in manufacturing is Toyota's Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. It teaches high school seniors the STEM skills they need to work in Toyota plants and includes a two-year associate degree, technical studies and paid work experience. In addition, the Toyota USA Foundation supports Thomas More College's partnership with local Kentucky high schools to recruit more students to STEM majors. And Toyota is helping the CREATE Foundation in Mississippi launch academic programs in fields such as computer graphics and animation, pre-engineering and advanced manufacturing.

November 7, 2013

Meeting Students Where They Are: Profiles of Students in Competency-Based Degree Programs - This report catalogues stories of average Americans--some who went to college directly after high school, some who are returning to postsecondary education after many years in the workforce, and others who are pursuing graduate studies. All of these students have one thing in common: They are participating in a competency-based education program that tracks their progress by measuring the knowledge and skills they have acquired. This report demonstrates the positive qualities of competency-based learning and identifies commonalities among student experiences that can inform the policy priorities for those looking to expand and reform postsecondary educational offerings.

November 5, 2013

The coming brain drain in U.S. manufacturing - More than 200,000 skilled factory jobs are going begging. A wave of Boomer retirements could make the labor shortage even worse.

November 4, 2013

U.S. Senate Launches Manufacturing Jobs Initiative - A group of Democrats in the U.S. Senate are attempting to rally bipartisan support for a legislative umbrella containing dozens of bills designed to strengthen the manufacturing sector and create jobs in the industry. Called the Manufacturing Jobs for America Initiative, the effort packages 40 bills, ranging from the Skills Gap Strategy Act to the Make It in America Tax Credit Act. Several of the proposed bills already have bipartisan support, said Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, who stressed the urgency of passing the measure.

October 31, 2013

Wake County's new technical high school to teach job skills - More than 450 students attended tours in October to learn about the 10 career areas that will be offered at the new Wake County Career and Technical Education High School, scheduled to open in August.

October 29, 2013

Program to train high school students for high-demand fields launched: 40 students have started manufacturing program at Waukesha County Technical College - High school seniors from seven area school districts are earning their high school diploma while also learning skills for high-demand fields under a program launched at Waukesha County Technical College. The yearlong pilot of Waukesha County Technical College's Dual Enrollment Academy started this fall with 40 high school seniors. The program offers manufacturing-related skills training in welding and metal fabrication, tool and die, and information technology.

October 29, 2013

Manufacturing Jobs for America - Manufacturing Jobs for America is an effort to rally bipartisan support for legislation that would help manufacturers grow and create jobs, refocusing Washington's attention on the 11 million Americans still looking for work. The bills come from more than a dozen senators from around the country, and center on four general themes:

October 22, 2013

Student-run cosmetology salon opens at North Mecklenburg High School - Decked out in snazzy, personalized black vinyl smocks with their names proudly displayed across the front, 10 students at North Mecklenburg High School provided hair and nail care to more than 40 customers as The Finishing Touch, a student-run salon inside the school's new Cosmetology Department, held its grand opening Thursday, Oct. 17.

October 22, 2013

The Public School Ownership Gap - During the baby-boom era, a school-age child lived in nearly every other house on the block. Now, it's different. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, children between the ages of 6 and 17 reside in less than 26 percent of households. Translation: The vast majority of American homes have an absence of school-age kids, which means that most folks paying for public schools have little, if any, direct contact with them. This is bad news.

October 14, 2013

Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: MAPI Business Outlook Reaches Highest Level Since 2011 - Manufacturing appears headed for an upswing over the next three to six months, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Business Outlook. Many of the indexes saw widespread improvements, which suggest a high level of optimism.

October 7, 2013

South Meck students to rebuild greenhouse - The students involved are from the school's IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering and Art) Academy, and they're working with students from the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Club. Both groups are getting professional help from JE Dunne Construction.

October 7, 2013

Wanted: A New Generation Of High-Tech Aviation Workers - Students can earn an associate's degree while in high school and receive aviation certifications. They're interested in becoming mechanics, pilots and aviation engineers. Richard Aboulafia of Teal Group, an aerospace consulting firm based near Washington, D.C., says it's a new breed of high-tech manufacturing jobs.

October 7, 2013

School board OKs application for sustainable tech program at Pender High - Calling all students who have an eye for earth-friendly architecture: Pender County might have a new school for you. Members of the Pender County Board of Education approved an application for a new sustainable technology program at Pender High School. The application, which will now go to the state Board of Education, could allow the district to partner with Cape Fear Community College to open one of the area's first programs in environmentally conscious construction.

October 1, 2013

Career-Technical Education on Congressional Radar: Renewal of CTE law gets bipartisan look - As Congress begins a push to renew the largest federal program aimed at high schools, there appears to be a broad consensus that the next iteration of the law should focus on helping states and districts beef up program quality. But just what that looks like in practice--and how the law involving career and technical education should connect to the national drive to get all students ready for college and the workplace--is an open question.

September 30, 2013

Students to learn about possible futures in technical jobs - Students wondering how to move from high school to a technician job in a local company will get answers at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo. The expo shines the spotlight on local manufacturing and shows off the opportunities available in Gaston County.

September 26, 2013

School bonds aim to maintain CTE options - In an effort to offer more academic options for students and parents, part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools proposed $290 million bond package includes expanding career and technical education institutes at four high schools, including North Mecklenburg. The package allots $8.64 million for expanding CTE programs at North Mecklenburg, Garinger, West Mecklenburg and Independence. Course offerings include automotive, carpentry, culinary, cosmetology and horticulture.

September 23, 2013

High Schoolers Learning Aviation From TIMCO - One day a week, the high school students will shadow engineers and technicians getting a better idea of the profession. Among their duties, they'll work with Avionics, the U-S Air Force KC10 program and even in Hangar One with Alaska Airlines.

September 16, 2013

Central Piedmont Community College reports skills most needed in energy sector - The study showed nine broad skill groups the industry has the greatest difficulty finding qualified employees for. They include maintenance and repair, welders, pipe fitters, supervisors for manufacturing mechanics and construction and specialists in non-destructive testing.

September 15, 2013

More high school students taking free college courses - The Alamance-Burlington School System is expecting more high-school students to take tuition-free college-level courses this semester. This is the fourth semester ABSS high-school students have been able to take college-level courses through an agreement with Alamance Community College. 222 juniors and seniors took 415 college, career and technical courses through ACC in the 2012-13 school year.

September 13, 2013

Career education paves practical path - In Scotland High School's Career and Technical Education courses, students are encouraged at an early stage to find a practical application for 12 years of education in reading, writing, and arithmetic. With classes in health science, construction, and technology now offered with the goal of preparing students to pass professional certifications, the school is beginning to offer students the option of an education as technical as it is academic.

September 13, 2013

How to Make School Better for Boys - Instead of spending millions of dollars attempting to transform aspiring cosmetologists into welders, education officials should concentrate on helping young people, male and female, enter careers that interest them. And right now, boys are the underserved population requiring attention.

September 11, 2013

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning - For all of us, as citizens and educators, in this country and others, it's way past time for school "improvement," and high time to invent fresh organizations designed for inquiry--the ecosystem for inquiry, in which all elements of the environment act holistically to grow, nurture, and sustain the qualities of heart and mind necessary for students and teachers to learn to ask good questions instead of finding right answers. That's a very high bar, but that's the ultimate goal of 21st century learning.

September 10, 2013

Apprenticeships ensure that young people in Switzerland are employable - In Switzerland, small and large companies, state of the art factories and insurance agencies, banks, hospitals, and retail stores host teen apprentices who greet customers, work on complex machines, carry out basic medical procedures, and even advise investors--in short, they do everything an entry level employee would do, albeit under the wings of credentialed teachers within the company. Seventy percent of teenagers in Switzerland are in an apprenticeship program.

September 8, 2013

This class is riveting: Jackson program makes manufacturing fun for young students, creates pipeline for employers - Dressed in a Lady Gaga T-shirt, jeans and bright neon yellow shoelaces, Madison Nichols stood laughing with her friends, her blond ponytail swaying back and forth as she talked. Then, the 13-year-old Jackson eighth-grader adjusted her safety glasses, picked up her electric drill and got back to work on some finishing touches to the metal table she had just built. "I love to weld," she said. "It's really fun."

September 6, 2013

The Future of Factory Automation - Since the 1970 factories have become ever more automated. In this episode Allison and Vince look at current trends in factory automation and show how networked facilities are changing the landscape of manufacturing.

September 6, 2013

NC businesses have critical need for Common Core success - Employers want students who are equipped with real-world learning, problem-solving abilities and a genuine understanding of the skills needed to succeed in today's workplace. The Common Core State Standards are an essential step to ensure students get that real-world learning -- not just memorization and test taking -- needed for real, local jobs.

September 5, 2013

Getting more women into manufacturing - Manufacturing is no longer the loud, noisy, gritty factory where your grandparents worked. Today's advanced manufacturing facilities are clean rooms with highly trained technicians working at computer screens instead of assembly lines. Getting more women trained for those fields is Deborah Porto's goal at Haywood Community College as part of a $193,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

September 5, 2013

Six Classes Your Employer Wishes You Could Take - Multimedia Editing, Scenarios, Fantasy Sports Competition, Reverse Engineering, Comparative Coding. and Cooking Science & Technology

September 3, 2013

Billion-dollar Japanese candy maker planning factory in Orange County - Japanese candy manufacturer Morinaga & Co. will be investing about $48 million to build a 120,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in western Orange County. The plant is expected to begin production in mid-2015 and will employ about 90 people within its first three years. The new jobs are expected to pay an average salary of more than $38,000 a year.

September 3, 2013

Economy picking up? Manufacturing and construction beat expectations - Manufacturing activity picked up steam for the third month in a row, and construction spending also increased. Fifteen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month.

September 3, 2013

Study: Associate's Degrees and Technical Certificates Can Yield More than 4-Year Degrees - Students who earn associate's degrees and occupational certificates often earn more in their first year out of college than those with four-year college degrees, according to a new study examining the average salaries of graduates in five states: Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

August 29, 2013

Innovative Durham program ties kids to high-tech careers - Durham Public Schools and the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development in North Carolina are working to find ways for ambitious students to get real-world experience with employers, such as technology company Sensus. Rick Sheldahl, director of career-technical education at the school district, says he approaches companies with the idea that giving students opportunities now can make the workforce stronger in the near future.

August 28, 2013

Benefits of Youth Jobs and Internships - Does your community have a School-to-Career/Connecting Activities program that helps students find jobs and internships? Have you been asked to consider offering a job or internship to local youth? Are you wondering if hiring youth might be a good step for your business or organization? A job or internship is a great experience for youth, helping them to develop skills, start to build a resume, and have an opportunity to support a local business or organization and support their community. But how will this step support you and your organizational goals?

August 21, 2013

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013 - Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and ACT test scores, the Condition of College & Career Readiness reports provide national and state snapshots of college readiness of the graduating seniors of the class of 2013 who took the ACT in high school.

August 20, 2013

Hagan seeks to boost NC manufacturing sector with advisory committee - With signs that North Carolina's manufacturing sector is on the mend, Sen. Kay Hagan announced Tuesday the formation of a state manufacturing committee to deliver advice and policy ideas to her office.

August 19, 2013

A 12-Year-Old's Quest To Remake Education, One Arduino At A Time - Twelve-year old Quin Etnyre walks to the front of a crowded room at Deezmaker 3D Printers and Hackerspace in Pasadena, California. He adjusts his laptop on the workbench, then looks up and addresses the class. "Thanks for coming out on a Saturday," he says, his voice barely audible over the steady hum of servomotors. The students, 18 middle-aged men and preteen boys, look on as Quin straightens his MIT T-shirt and swipes an index finger across an iPod. The screen behind him flashes "Intro to Arduino Class."

August 14, 2013

Revisiting global trends in TVET: Reflections on theory and practice - This paper considers the relevance of a human capability and social justice approach for understanding the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in relation to development. The paper starts out by reviewing existing, dominant approaches towards conceptualizing TVET in relation to human development, namely the human capital approach and a sustainable development approach.

August 9, 2013

NC Manufacturing: Community Forums - Video highlights from the Emerging Issues Forums about Manufacturing held accross the state.

August 8, 2013

State Graduation Rate Continues to Reach Record Heights - North Carolina's four-year cohort graduation rate continued its upward climb and set another record.

In 2013, 82.5 percent of students who started ninth grade in 2009-10 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from the 2012 rate of 80.4 percent, and up from the 2006 rate of 68.3 percent.

August 7, 2013

Sen. Kay Hagan focuses on jobs-training bill during CFCC tour - U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan stopped by Cape Fear Community College to tour various labs and tout a jobs-training bill that's now working its way through Congress. The bipartisan bill, which Hagan co-sponsored, looks to close the country's skills gap by creating an industry-recognized credential system and training job seekers for available positions now.

August 6, 2013

District cuts auto services in favor of nursing - Pender High School is losing its long-standing auto services program to gain another nursing course. Student and job market demands meant Pender High's auto services program -- the only program of its kind in the county -- would be eliminated at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Instead, the school would offer another health sciences program to let students take a certified nursing assistant's course required for college nursing programs.

August 6, 2013

N.C. State economist predicts statewide manufacturing revival, construction surge, education boom - According to one N.C. State University professor's index of North Carolina's leading economic indicators, the state's economy has shown modest growth since last year and will continue to grow into 2014 at a faster pace than the national economy.

August 6, 2013

The Future of College and Career Pathways: A national survey of pathways practitioners - The National Center for College and Career Transitions surveyed Career Technical Education and Career Academy practitioners at the school, district, and state levels to learn about the state of pathways programs: Where they were, where they had been, and where they were headed. On August 5, NC3T published the results of that survey, which show regular organic growth over the past few years, with growth forecasted for the future, despite little support in the policy arena.

August 2, 2013

CEO Takes Action On Manufacturing Skills Gap - A metal forming company in Louisville, Kentucky is not waiting for others to solve our nation's skilled labor problem. nth/works is a growing, privately held $60 million company that makes parts and components for the appliance and automotive industries. They have approximately 350 associates and two manufacturing facilities in Louisville, Kentucky. nth/works is using its own resources, and empowering its team, to create a hands-on apprenticeship program designed to train high school students to be the next generation of manufacturing technicians and leaders. Tehy are providing them the chance to gain invaluable hands on experience and ignite their passions.

July 30, 2013

Arts majors jump ahead of tech grads in landing jobs - Here's a surprise for college students: Recent graduates with technology degrees are having a tougher time finding a job than their peers in the arts. The unemployment rate for recent grads with a degree in information systems is more than double that of drama and theater majors, at 14.7% vs. 6.4%, according to a recent Georgetown University study. Even for computer science majors, the jobless rate for recent grads nears 9%.

July 26, 2013

Advanced Manufacturing - sector sheet - Despite media attention on manufacturing job losses, many career opportunities exist in this area. Two million job openings in manufacturing are expected through 2018, mostly owing to retirements. According to a survey of U.S. manufacturers, 67 percent reported a moderate to severe shortage of talent. In particular, machinists/machine operators and engineers are among the top 10 jobs that U.S. employers have trouble filling.

July 19, 2013

A Tech Veteran Takes on the Skills Gap - Mr. Beach decided to begin studying in earnest a much-debated issue, and a subject of ritual complaint among technology executives -- the apparently lagging skills of the American workforce. The result is his book, "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America's Future." Much of the book is an illuminating, idiosyncratic history of education in America, dating back to 1941. "The skills gap is really an education gap, and it affects us all," Mr. Beach explained.

July 18, 2013

Detroit Is Going Bankrupt--But Its Tech Community Is Going Strong - The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest city in the U.S. ever to do so. But the news is unlikely to halt the growth of Detroit's burgeoning tech scene, according to some of its entrepreneurs. "We don't really see this bankruptcy as being anything but a footnote in the newspaper," says Jay Gierak, a founder of the Detroit-based social recommendations site, Stik. "It feels so far afield from the excitement of people moving into brand-new apartment buildings and businesses renting new spaces here."

July 10, 2013

A Skills beyond School Review of the United States - This book examines vocational education and training programmes in the United States, including coverage of how they are changing, how they are funded, how they are linked to academic and university programmes and how employers and unions are involved.

July 3, 2013

21st Century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship - The report is particularly timely, as the United States emerges from the "Great Recession" and the economy continues to face challenges. Be it worker skill shortages, gaps in educational attainment, credentialing or preparing for the continued aging of our workforce, all of these issues create potential challenges in keeping America competitive. Regularly, those looking to gain skills seek higher education pathways as the sole opportunity to reach the middle class and to gain the skills needed in today's increasingly knowledge-based economy. However, there is a renewed national interest in work-based learning strategies due to a number of factors, including growing frustration with the cost of higher education, the growing skills gap in critical industries and key occupations that do not require a traditional four year degree. The ACA "Vision" report explains that for many new and emerging industries, worker and skill shortages could be addressed through an expanded and enhanced 21st century National Registered Apprenticeship system.

July 1, 2013

Help Wanted: Manufacturing Seeks its Other Half - We asked SME's top women leaders why they think there aren't more women in manufacturing and what can be done to attract more.

June 28, 2013

The Dirty Job America Must Now Embrace -- Closing the Skills Gap - I spent a few hours Wednesday night listening to Mike Rowe from Discovery Channels 'Dirty Jobs' talk about how profoundly disconnected Americans are about jobs, skills and work. We met him at SkillsUSA Annual Championships happening now in Kansas City.

June 26, 2013

Recovery 2020: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020 - New report from Georgetown. Here are some highlights:

By educational attainment: 35 percent of the job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, 30 percent of the job openings will require some college or an associate's degree and 36 percent of the job openings will not require education beyond high school.

STEM, Healthcare Professions, Healthcare Support, and Community Services will be the fastest growing occupations, but also will require high levels of post-secondary education.

Most jobs will require some type of post-secondary education, and individuals that only posses a high school diploma will have fewer employment options.

Employers will seek cognitive skills such as communication and analytics from job applicants rather than physical skills traditionally associated with manufacturing.

June 26, 2013

N.C. 16th in country in manufacturing job creation - North Carolina was ranked 16th in the country in terms of manufacturing job creation at a net gain of 10,900 from December 2009 to March 2013, according to data by the National Association of Manufacturers.

June 24, 2013

Highest-paid manufacturing jobs in the Triangle - It should come as no surprise that the greater Triangle's two largest manufacturing sectors are also its two highest-paying employers. These two sectors (Electronics; Pharmaceutical and Biological Products) provide the list's only two six-figure average salaries, sitting comfortably above the state's $41,750 average wage.

June 19, 2013

Students like hands-on experience at Camp Med - Camp Med, a four-day summer camp housed at Davidson County Community College, takes a deeper look into the roles, responsibilities, careers, salary ranges, educational preparation and work environment for jobs in the medical field. "It's pretty cool, and it's a good experience," said East Davidson High School rising junior Krystha Torres. "This will help me get an idea of the different careers out there to figure out which career I want."

June 17, 2013

New career programs aim to train workforce - Starting with the 2013-14 school year, area high school students will have the option of enrolling in technology towers at Jacksonville, Northside and Southwest high schools, according to information from Onslow County Schools.

At Jacksonville High, students will be able to learn advanced construction, to include plumbing and solar and wind energy. Northside tower students will learn advanced and applied technology to include biotechnology, robotics and automation, communication technology and material science. And at Southwest those enrolled in the tower will be able to learn advanced automotive and transportation repair, which could include small engine and motorcycle repair.

June 10, 2013

Study: Half of STEM Jobs Don't Require Bachelor's Degree - About 20 percent of all American jobs are now in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, with half of those open to workers who don't have a four-year college degree, according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institution.

June 10, 2013

Help Wanted. A Lot of It - Who's going to fill all the high-skilled jobs that a manufacturing resurgence requires? That's the question companies and governments are trying to answer.

June 7, 2013

Fact Sheet: Redesigning America's High Schools - Redesigned high schools will move away from the traditional notion of seat time and focus instead on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully transition from high school to college and careers. Changes to the current high school structure and experience will require collaboration and contributions from a number of partners from both the public and private sectors, including institutions of higher education, non-profits, business and industry.

June 6, 2013

Students see manufacturing go high-tech - The students are spending this week at MAG, a machine tool manufacturer in Hebron, where they are watching workers build machines that will be used to make aircraft parts, and learning about supply chains, quality control and software engineering.

June 4, 2013

Report show manufacturing employment in Memphis on the rise - According to a recently published study on employment needs of manufacturers in the city, training for manufacturing jobs should start in high school for some students. The study, called "Made in Memphis," was sponsored by the Workforce Investment Network and Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

June 4, 2013

Student apprenticeships may reflect education's future - The 2013-14 CMS budget calls for creating career-tech hubs at traditional high schools and launching new magnets focused on internships and career skills. Olympic, a model for the school district, got a head start when it split into five career-themed academies in 2006. Business partnerships, career exploration and real-life projects were central to the new approach.

June 3, 2013

This Is The Most Affordable 3D Printer You Can Buy - At $237, the Buccaneer is the most affordable 3D printer we've ever seen. (Most 3D printers cost at least $1,000).

June 1, 2013

Public health lab draws students, future scientists - The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health hosted about 50 middle and high school students from around North Carolina, including Wake, Durham and Mecklenburg counties, on Saturday for the first "Under the Microscope: A Look at Public Health Laboratory Careers" workshop.

May 31, 2013

Another American High Frontier First: 3-D Manufacturing in Space - In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station.

"As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we'll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during a recent tour of the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. "In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space."

May 31, 2013

Hogwarts for Hackers: Inside the Science and Tech School of Tomorrow - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IMSA for short, is a public live-in high school with a unique approach to education. Every Wednesday at IMSA, students are free to work on whatever they want -- to follow their particular passions through self-directed study, internships, or other projects.

IMSA sits on the outskirts of Chicago, in suburb called Aurora, Illinois. It feels more like a college than a high school. At the state-funded boarding school, the halls aren't lined with lockers. Instead, you find chairs and couches, where students will plop down to type on their laptops -- or catch an afternoon nap.

May 31, 2013

Professional development day offers unique opportunity - Teachers, counselors and administrators were paired with local and county businesses to help them understand the connection between the classroom and workplace skills necessary for success. Through a combination of observations and interviews, the teachers noted the ways they see skills being used and considered how they could incorporate teaching the skills in the classroom.

May 30, 2013

In the U.S., 21st Century Skills Linked to Work Success: Real-world problem-solving most strongly tied to work quality - An in-depth analysis reveals that of these seven areas, real-world problem-solving is most strongly linked to higher self-reported work quality. Gallup measured high work quality based on respondents' answers to four items: success relative to most people in America who are about the same age, success in their current job, having a voice in decision-making in the workplace, and being a valued member of their workplace. Gallup categorized respondents who agreed that they were more successful relative to most people in America who are about their same age and strongly agreed with the remaining questions as having achieved high work quality.

May 28, 2013

CMS student apprenticeships may reflect education's future - It's a future with closer links among K-12 schools, community colleges and private employers, influenced by the European apprenticeship model. It's one where the "college for all" mantra yields to a recognition that for many students, training for skilled jobs is more meaningful than a four-year degree. And it's one where promising students can start earning right away -- sometimes while they're in high school -- rather than taking on college debt.

May 28, 2013

The 10 Hardest Jobs To Fill In 2013 - According to the eighth annual talent shortage survey from staffing firm ManpowerGroup, 39% of employers in all industries across the U.S. are experiencing difficulty filling open positions within their organizations, despite the fact that unemployment is at a mediocre 7.5% and millions of people are still desperate for jobs.

May 23, 2013

Vigor, Daimler go back to high school to create Pathways to Manufacturing program - Ship repair company Vigor Industrial, truck maker Daimler Trucks North America and other companies joined with Portland nonprofit Impact Northwest this year to form Pathways to Manufacturing, a training program conducted at Centennial High in Gresham and Franklin High in Portland. The 16 participating students learned some basics in welding, machining, fitting and other skills.

Vigor Industrial spokesman Brian Mannion said the program is on track to place almost all qualifying students in internships in June at the two companies and other manufacturing operations in town.

May 13, 2013

Career Academies: Investing in Students, the Workforce and Career Technical Education - A career academy is a school within a school, providing a college preparatory curriculum in the context of a career-oriented theme. According to the Career Academy Support Network, career academies may offer a variety of subjects, but they can be distinguished by three key elements: 1) small learning communities, 2) college preparatory curriculum in the context of a career-oriented theme, and 3) strong partnerships.

May 12, 2013

Chinese Creating New Auto Niche Within Detroit - Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers. While starting with batteries and auto parts, the spread of Chinese business is expected to result eventually in the sale of Chinese cars in the United States.

May 7, 2013

New Course Recommended for Some High-School Students - Amid a national push to lift high-school standards in the U.S., a new study recommends a different approach for students who go on to community college, one that emphasizes basic subjects to provide them with only the skills they would need to succeed in their future careers.

According to the National Center on Education and the Economy, some students who end up at community college are taking too many high-level math courses without fully comprehending them, meaning their achievement rates at the start of college can be stuck at a middle-school level. Students are then often placed in remedial courses in community college, where they usually don't receive credit toward a degree.

"We're not saying to lower math standards, but we ought to require math that is appropriate for the direction students want to go in," said Marc Tucker, president of NCEE, a nonpartisan education think tank funded by private donations and government grants. "Otherwise, we produce failure where no failure is necessary."

May 6, 2013

Mechatronics orientation: Oakland students to begin training for future jobs - Motlow State Community College and members of the local manufacturing community have turned to the Oakland High Class of 2014 to find replacements for an aging workforce.

The Oakland students will be the first in the county to take the classes, taught by Motlow instructors in a lab at Bridgestone, beginning next school year.

Within one month of high school graduation, the students will have earned 16 hours of college credit and the first level of certification.

May 3, 2013

Apprenticeships could help U.S. workers gain a competitive edge - The United States is on the verge of a manufacturing comeback . The domestic energy boom and low natural gas prices, together with competitive wage rates, can lead to a resurgence and the potential revival of goods-producing industries that could provide a great opportunity to increase middle-class wages, reduce income inequality and expand social mobility. But we also risk squandering this historic opportunity -- mainly because firms interested in investing in the United States are finding too few workers with the skills needed to achieve the productivity and quality required in today's globally competitive industries.

May 3, 2013

Apprenticeships could help U.S. workers gain a competitive edge - The United States' academic-only strategy is ill-suited for a diverse population and for the multiple needs of the 21st-century labor market. A robust apprenticeship system would ensure that the impending manufacturing expansion succeeds in macroeconomic terms and widen the routes to rewarding careers for millions of workers.

April 27, 2013

Generation jobless: The number of young people out of work globally is nearly as big as the population of the United States - "Young people ought not to be idle. It is very bad for them," said Margaret Thatcher in 1984. She was right: there are few worse things that society can do to its young than to leave them in limbo. Those who start their careers on the dole are more likely to have lower wages and more spells of joblessness later in life, because they lose out on the chance to acquire skills and self-confidence in their formative years.

April 27, 2013

Why Students, Parents & School Administrators Need to Reconsider Manufacturing Career Paths - Manufacturing means many things in the 21st century. Traditional plant operations continue to need talent for front-line and management positions, as these businesses demand greater efficiency and innovation to remain globally competitive. Urban manufacturing in the form of small-scale, high tech production is also experiencing a renaissance and requires both traditional front-line employees and college graduates to fill its ranks.

April 26, 2013

'The Big Brain Theory,' nerdy good: Discovery competition pits techies against one another - Discovery's new competition show "The Big Brain Theory" is supposedly designed to find the next great American innovator in technology, but the competition seems more likely to find the participant with the best combination of people skills and machine-tooling experience.

On the plus side, the techies in the competition are not your usual reality-show attention junkies, and the challenges they face might spark the imagination of future scientists and engineers. Since the type of viewer attracted to this subject matter probably isn't sick of the reality-competition format, the show could work for them.

April 26, 2013

The Diploma's Vanishing Value: Bachelor's degrees may not be worth it, but community college can bring a strong return - Think a community-college degree is worth less than a credential from a four-year college? In Tennessee, the average first-year salaries of graduates with a two-year degree are $1,000 higher than those with a bachelor's degree. Technical degree holders from the state's community colleges often earn more their first year out than those who studied the same field at a four-year university.

April 23, 2013

New High School Pathways Emerging - Every student at Wheeling High School takes a full academic courseload. But many of the graduates of this 2,000-student school in Wheeling, Ill., also emerge with significant experience in a career field.

April 17, 2013

Brown University Creates Online Engineering Course for High School Students - Brown University is preparing to offer a free online engineering class with the aim of teaching high school students about the merits and challenges of the field of engineering.

"The real goal here is to get students interested in engineering to better understand engineering, so that they can make good decisions about what they do in the next step," said Wendy Drexler, director of online development at Brown. "If they decide that they're interested in engineering and they want to apply to different engineering schools, we want them to have all the information they need."

April 12, 2013

Community colleges: where students and skills meet in NC - North Carolina is home to some of the top advanced manufacturing companies in the world. Companies here see the value of turning a research idea into a highly coveted product that changes the world for the better. From Cree's LED lighting to Honeywell's aircraft systems to Novozymes' technology for agriculture and advanced biofuels, our state is a hotbed of innovation.

April 12, 2013

Pathways through College: Strategies for Improving Community College Student Success - This report outlines the completion challenge facing community college students across the country and summarizes the strategies the colleges can pursue to improve student success. OPP notes that by 2018, nearly two-thirds of jobs will require a postsecondary credential, and job growth for associate degree holders is expected to peak at nearly 20 percent between now and then, double that for the workforce as a whole and exceeding the projected job growth rate of bachelor's degree holders. Community colleges will, therefore, be called upon to play an increasingly important role in meeting our nation's skilled workforce needs.

April 8, 2013

Manufacturing has challenges and opportunities - "The challenge isn't the image of manufacturing. A majority of Americans would be happy to have a career or have a family member to have a career in manufacturing. The image is not the obstacle and, in fact, it's that they think that the jobs won't be there for them in the future."

Manufacturers have a hard time hiring skilled workers like welders and CNC machinists. But the time is now to lay the groundwork for a younger generation of manufacturing workers.

April 3, 2013

Math problems are a problem for job-seekers, employers say - Before job-seekers fill out an application for work making foam products for the aerospace industry at General Plastics Manufacturing Co. in Tacoma, Wash., they have to take a math test.
Eighteen questions, 30 minutes, and using a calculator is OK.
They are asked how to convert inches to feet, read a tape measure and find the density of a block of foam (mass divided by volume).
Only one in 10 who take the test pass.

April 2, 2013

3-D Printing Initiative in U.S. School Attracts International Visitors - With a Japanese television news crew keeping close watch on a recent school day, Buford Middle School science students crafted their own sound speakers from plastic and paper. They did it using three-dimensional printers and computer-design software to produce plastic supports, paper cones, and other pieces.

April 2, 2013

Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects - Since 1999, the share of employed teens in Massachusetts plummeted from 53 percent to 26.8 percent during 2012. This reflects a national trend in declining teen employment rates over the last decade.

While working certainly has the ability to bolster the consumption of teens and their families, working at an early age generates a set of additional and longer lasting benefits that are manifest in improved lifetime employment and earnings outcomes as well as improved educational attainment outcomes.

Through this study, we have learned that employers of entry level workers such as teens take recruitment and hiring very seriously and engage in a variety of activities to find prospective workers they believe will contribute to output and profitability in their organizations. The findings of this study can inform the ways that schools, community based organizations, workforce boards, career centers and businesses can intervene to help increase youth employment.

April 1, 2013

ThomasNet's New Scholarship Program Aims to Bolster Next Generation of Manufacturers - In an effort to address the widening manufacturing skills gap, ThomasNet has announced a new scholarship program that will provide up to $30,000 for students pursuing manufacturing careers.

As the U.S. manufacturing workforce shortage approaches critical levels, ThomasNet is launching a new scholarship program to help attract talented American and Canadian students toward careers in manufacturing. The ThomasNet North American Manufacturing Scholarship will provide up to 30 students with $1,000 each to help pay for manufacturing-related studies at a two- or four-year college or vocational school.

April 1, 2013

NC advanced manufacturing gets the spotlight next week - Advanced Manufacturing Week will be observed next week at North Carolina's community colleges, and just about all the schools have activities planned.

March 27, 2013

There are jobs available, but who's qualified? - "Nationwide there are over 600,000 job openings in manufacturing," said Walter Siegenthaler with the North Carolina Apprenticeship Council. He is working to fill those manufacturing jobs.

March 26, 2013

Engineering Building a Foundation in K-12 Curricula - When STEM education is discussed in the K-12 sphere, it often seems like shorthand for mathematics and science, with perhaps a nod to technology and even less, if any, real attention to engineering. But recent developments signal that the "e" in STEM may be gaining a firmer foothold at the precollegiate level.

March 26, 2013

Ensuring North Carolina's Global Success: Reducing our "skills gap" through proven investments in kids - If current education and labor market trends continue, North Carolina could face a shortage of 46,000 workers. Some areas of our state are already experiencing a deficit of highly educated and "middle-skill" workers. Looking forward, experts estimate that approximately 77,000 middle-skill workers are at risk of being "under-employed" but lack the education to move into occupations that typically require a bachelor's degree or higher.

March 15, 2013

Mayim Bialik's 'Big Bang Theory' On Girls, STEM Careers And Role Models - The root of the problem is often debated in gender-conscious circles, but it commonly ends in a chicken-or-egg sort of quandary. Are little girls not interested in math or science because it's for boys? And if so, where do they get those ideas but from their parents and teachers? Can you attract girls and women to a field that's so male dominated if not through initiatives that soften the sciences or, worse, pander to women?

March 13, 2013

Are Virtual Factories the Future of Manufacturing? - "Until now testers have to note all detected flaws, leave their work station to go to the computer terminal, navigate several screens and then enter the flaw location and type. This is laborious, time-consuming and prone to error," says Alexander Schick, a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation in Karlsruhe, Germany. Gesture control significantly improves testers' working conditions and saves time -- employees can remain at their workstation and interact directly with the testing object. "If the bumper is fine, they swipe across it from left to right. In case of a flaw, they point to its location"

March 12, 2013

Jackson businesses try DIY job-training to create skilled workers - Today, the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers is bursting with students training as welders, machinists, computer numerical control programmers, tool-and-die makers and for other jobs in the resurgent manufacturing sector.

March 11, 2013

Engineering Month: Resurgence of auto sector lifts hiring - For someone with a mechanical engineering bent, there are many paths to a successful career. Alan Lares, chose automotive engineering and is now a material engineer with Nissan in Farmington Hills, Mich. The Ottawa native got his masters in mechanical engineering where one of his areas of specialization was developing low cost materials and composites for unmanned aerial vehicles, but opted to work in automotive where many of the principles are the same.

March 8, 2013

Is high school too late to get youth excited about manufacturing? - Local executives and industry advocates agree -- manufacturing has an image problem and needs to reach out to young people to get them interested in the industry again. But what age is the right age to target?

March 4, 2013

Durham school leaders get career tech ed update - Rick Sheldahl proudly informed Durham Public Schools Board of Education members Monday that students in the Career and Technical Education programs that he directs enjoy an 89.4 percent graduation rate. "That's a great testimony to the power of CTE," said Heidi Carter, the board's chair.

March 4, 2013

The Employment Mismatch: A College Degree Sorts Job Applicants, but Employers Wish It Meant More - Employers value a four-year college degree, many of them more than ever.

Yet half of those surveyed recently by The Chronicle and American Public Media's Marketplace said they had trouble finding recent graduates qualified to fill positions at their company or organization. Nearly a third gave colleges just fair to poor marks for producing successful employees. And they dinged bachelor's-degree holders for lacking basic workplace proficiencies, like adaptability, communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems.

February 28, 2013

The high-tech return of high school shop class - In one district, it might be a fancy new school dedicated to teaching tech. In another, an apprenticeship program. Some schools design career and technical classes to line up with college-prep courses that guide students to become engineers, chefs, CEOs or doctors. Almost 80% of high school students who concentrated on career and technical studies pursued some type of postsecondary education within two years of finishing high school, the U.S. Department of Education reported in 2011.

February 27, 2013

Why Manufacturing Jobs Are Returning To America For The First Time In Decades - The trend of companies relocating American manufacturing jobs to low-wage China has started to reverse, as shown by recent decisions by Apple Inc., General Electric Co, Caterpillar, DSM, General Motors and even Chinese electronics giant Lenovo to scale up operations here. The bottom line: For the first time in decades, several key economic drivers have created a competitive advantage for the U.S. that will encourage corporate strategic decisions on capital allocation and acquisitions for generations to come.

February 26, 2013

Career and Technical Education becoming top pick for students - As students and educators within the Public Schools of Robeson County celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month, enrollment numbers in the program are up as students see the growing popularity of the CTE programs. Students and parents alike are realizing a four-year degree is not always the most valuable in this economy. Graduates in areas of plumbing, welding and electrical fields do not worry that their job will be farmed out oversees.

February 26, 2013

Who's buying North Carolina's goods? - North Carolina is exporting goods at a record rate and the total dollar figure for those exports in 2012 was $28.7 billion, up 6 percent over the prior year. But where are these exports going?

February 25, 2013

Elkin CTE student uses medical skills in school and work Read more: Elkin Tribune - Elkin CTE student uses medical skills in school and work - Morgan Minton is an Elkin High School ninth grader in the Career and Technical Education Medical Science program. Morgan works after school at Schonhofen Optometry, where she has been highly praised as a dependable, trustworthy, bright and compassionate worker according to Long.

February 14, 2013

Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller: "Coordinate With Business to Build Needed Job Skills" - Strong CTE programs require collaboration among secondary and postsecondary education institutions, employers, industry, and other partners, for example labor unions and trade organizations. We also must ensure that these programs provide students and workers with skills that are adaptable to the needs of local and regional economies.

February 12, 2013

3-D printers are what's next for manufacturing - Especially as younger generations of people become more computer-savvy, being able to manufacture something will be the next technological step forward. He called the up-and-coming generation one that has a "maker culture," giving the example of his daughters that are now able to manufacture their own dollhouse furniture, instead of having to buy it online from a company that likely manufactured it overseas. "They want to make stuff," he says.

February 11, 2013

Report calls for N.C. manufacturing strategy, asks McCrory for council - North Carolina needs a coherent, statewide strategy to spur the growth of manufacturing across 100 counties and a council with representatives from the sector to help devise it, according to a new report.

February 11, 2013

Politicians, Business Leaders Ask High Schoolers to Consider Community College - An associate degree from a two-year technical program may be the quickest route for recent high school graduates to enter a stable, lucrative career field. It may also be the only way to keep up with workforce demands, said President Obama. Jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience.

February 5, 2013

Are Robots Killing Jobs or Creating Them? - Advocates of automation argue that 200 years ago, most Americans were farmers, producing just enough to feed the population. Today, with advanced automation, about 2 percent of Americans are employed in full-time agricultural work, yet they produce much more food than we can consume.

However, critics of the automation boom claim that such technological advancements are killing off middle-class jobs. Robots and automated systems have not only eliminated elevator operators and highway toll collectors, but are also making inroads into higher-skilled job functions, and the long-term effect in job losses among human workers may be much more severe than most expect.

February 4, 2013

Video: "The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice" - McGrath and Davies argue that school needs to keep up with the times by promoting creativity, entrepreneurship, design thinking and hands on skills. McGrath's experience teaching design problems has convinced him that the approach includes all learning styles, brings the best of project-based learning, encourages cooperation and integrates subject matter horizontally. But mostly, McGrath and Davies are impressed at the cool stuff kids design.

February 1, 2013

Business-education Partnerships in Career and Technical Education: Driving American Competitiveness - Developing a productive and adaptable workforce that is competitive in the global economy is key to American excellence and prosperity. An important way career and technical education (CTE) programs can achieve this goal is by ensuring that education and business are working together to equip students with the skills vital to careers and employer needs.

January 30, 2013

Internships Help Students Prepare for Workplace - Internships and job shadowing offer a close-up look at life in the workplace, yet some high school students are so focused on academics that they pass up the opportunity, or they are uncertain about their interests and don't know where to start.

But the push to improve college and career readiness and produce a better-prepared workforce is increasing the pressure on schools to build partnerships with businesses. What's more, educators realize that students are motivated when they see the relevance of what they are learning.

January 30, 2013

Davie High School computer-integrated machining lab will benefit from grant money - Responding to a need for more workers with 21st-century machining skills, the Davie campus of Davidson County Community College will use $150,000 in grant money to build a computer-integrated machining lab at Davie High School and expand the welding program on its campus. Six machines used for advanced manufacturing will be placed at the high school within the next few months, with advanced manufacturing classes scheduled to begin in the fall. As part of the agreement, a faculty member from DCCC will help teach courses.

January 29, 2013

HBR Blog Network: Manufacturing Jobs and the Rise of the Machines - The story of how technological progress is affecting employment -- whether, in other words, the robots are eating our jobs -- is clearly an important one. But who's telling it correctly? I believe that technological unemployment (and underemployment) is a real and growing phenomenon.

January 28, 2013

LePage, companies launch effort to interest kids in manufacturing careers - Gov. Paul LePage (Maine) said Monday the state's public schools in recent decades have encouraged all students to work toward four-year degrees and that approach is unrealistic and "simply not defensible." LePage made the remarks at a State House news conference held to unveil a two-year, $300,000 public awareness campaign designed to interest middle- and high-school students in manufacturing careers. "Not every child is going to go to college," he said. "And we have a responsibility to our children to provide them with the opportunities for a good education. A good education is a game-changer for everyone."

January 24, 2013

Business Engagementin Education: Key Partners for Improving Student Success - First, it outlines the reasons we need to reverse the ongoing loss of talent when young people don't complete high school or fail to obtain the rigorous and relevant education they need for success as adults. Second, it discusses the costs if these critical challenges are not successfully addressed. Third, the report provides guidance on ways in which the business and education sectors can and do work together to leverage the power of collective action to improve these outcomes. The engagement of effective business-education partnerships is crucial if we, as a nation, are to work together to achieve positive outcomes for young people, communities, and the economy going forward in the 21st century.

January 20, 2013

Local manufacturers, educators tackle 'skills shortage' problem - There is a skilled labor shortage in manufacturing. It is an immediate and long-term challenge. It is a local, state and national problem. We could talk about the whys and point fingers, but what would be the point? Locally, we are long past the discussion phase and into the action phase. Be advised, our community is on it. We are harnessing every resource available to us and continue to seek solutions.

January 16, 2013

New courses target workforce skills in Vance schools - Career and Technical Education in Vance County Schools is changing with the times, now offering seven courses for credentials in a wide variety of workforce related skills.

"Industry has said we are not graduating students with skills," said Willa Clark, director of CTE. "We have jobs, but students don't have some of the technical skills that are needed when employers are wanting to hire folks."

January 16, 2013

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers - More than half the nation's states are exploring or implementing sector strategies -- partnerships of employers within one industry that bring together government, education, training, economic development, labor and community organizations to identify and solve the workforce needs of that industry within a regional labor market--making them the most consistently adopted approach to meeting businesses' need for skilled workers and workers' need for good jobs, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA), the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the National Skills Coalition.

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers offers a snapshot of sector strategies today, an overview of what makes them different from traditional workforce and economic development programs, and a description of actions that state administrators and policymakers can take as part of a policy framework to support the strategies' creation and effective operation.

January 13, 2013

Apprenticeships a Little-Traveled Path to Jobs - Apprenticeships can mean high-paying jobs without degrees, but boosting the system may not work in the U.S.

January 13, 2013

Out of hands: With skills scarce, some West Michigan manufacturers train their own talent - Orders are up at West Michigan's factories. But the number of people with the skills to fill them is down. Way down.

Businesspeople, the governor said, are not telling educators what they need in terms of talent development. Even when they do, educators are not responding the way they should, Snyder said.

"Instead of basic economics, putting supply and demand on the same chart, we have a system where you put demand on one chart, supply on another chart, and they don't talk to one another," he said. "That's dumb."

January 13, 2013

Are robots hurting job growth? - One of the hallmarks of the 21st century is that we are all having more and more interactions with machines and fewer with human beings. If you've lost your white collar job to downsizing, or to a worker in India or China you're most likely a victim of what economists have called technological unemployment. There is a lot of it going around with more to come.

January 12, 2013

Governor Pat McCrory's Inaugural Address - "In our high schools, two-year, and four-year schools, we will provide unlimited opportunity and multiple pathways to success through vocational and professional development.

"I believe there are two core functions of education. We must exercise and use our brains, and ignite the spark of potential that each of us have that will lead to success."

January 10, 2013

Work-based Learning Exemplars: Worthwhile Internship Experiences for Students, Local Employers and the Community - A professional internship is a point of entry into the workplace. It is also, in many ways, a rite of passage into adulthood. Young people welcome the chance to test their skills and knowledge and to discover more about what they want to learn and do next. At NAF academies in public high schools nationwide, the internship is the culminating experience of rigorous core academics in history, math, science, and literature, complemented by career-themed education and a series of work-based learning experiences.

January 9, 2013

The Kind Of Training You Really Need - Six million people have been laid off from manufacturing jobs since 2001, and still 5 percent of all manufacturing jobs (60,000 jobs) remain unfilled. The manufacturers don't want to hire back the low-skilled people; they want multi-skilled people who can do a wide variety of jobs. Due to automation and the changing nature of manufacturing work, I will make the case that the skills we need are very similar to the skills one receives in a long-term or apprentice-style program.

January 8, 2013

Davidson County Community College to expand Computer Integrated Machining program - The Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College will now have the ability to expand the National Association of Manufacturers' Endorsed Skills Certification Program in Computer Integrated Machining thanks to an $825,000 Golden LEAF Grant.

January 1, 2013

Reshoring and the Resurgence of U.S. High-Tech Manufacturing - If you aren't yet familiar with the term "reshoring," you may soon be. Reshoring, sometimes called backshoring, onshoring or insourcing, is the reclamation of manufacturing jobs that had been previously lured away to other countries that offered lower wages or other incentives to U.S. manufacturers to move their operations or outsourcing overseas. In what many are hoping is a lasting trend, more and more American businesses are deciding to bring manufacturing jobs back from places like China, Mexico and Central America -- and more importantly, high-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs.

December 31, 2012

Forget Four More Years: Why Community College Could Be Your Ticket To Financial Success - New research shows that when it comes to earning big bucks right after graduation, community college graduates have an edge over those with four-year degrees. CollegeMeasures analyzed data from three states and found that not only did new graduates of technical or occupational programs outearn their community college peers in non-technical programs, they also outearned bachelor's degree holders.

December 27, 2012

After-School Jobs Spark Academic Success - A job can provide teenagers with an exciting glimpse of economic freedom, bringing with it a new set of responsibilities and money -- often for the first time -- that hasn't been begged or borrowed from family members. But education experts say part-time and after-school jobs play a far more pivotal role in the lives of young people: employment helps students stay on the path toward graduation.

December 20, 2012

Manufacturing jobs making a comeback in southern U.S. - Both U.S. and foreign companies have opened plants in southeastern states in recent years, many since the end of the recession. Others are expanding existing plants or have plans to break ground in 2013.

December 18, 2012

The 10 Best-Paying Jobs For Community College Grads - As it turns out, a four-year college degree isn't the only way to land a good-paying job. A recent study by financial literacy website NerdWallet, based on forecasts by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reveals that jobs requiring only a two-year associate's degree will have the highest average growth through 2020.

December 18, 2012

Gregoire's signal to Boeing: another $26M for training - Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday proposed more than $26 million in funding for aerospace-related education initiatives as part of her 2013-2015 budget, her last such budget plan before leaving office in January. Nearly $900,000 would be dedicated to high school-level training programs, and $200,000 to continuing the Governor's Office of Aerospace, founded in 2012.

December 11, 2012

A key to economic development? Make manufacturing cool again - A skilled, flexible work force can be as valuable an economic development tool as interstate access and shovel-ready sites, a site selection consultant told Greensboro business leaders Tuesday.

What's needed to build that type of a work force? Help make manufacturing cool again, by building apprenticeship programs, creating school curriculums that line up with industry needs and forming more partnerships between industry and the educational community, said Andy Shapiro, managing director with Princeton, N.J.-based Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.

December 10, 2012

Education to Employment: Designing a system that works - In order to address youth unemployment, two fundamentals need to be in place: skill development and job creation. This report focuses on skill development, with special attention to the mechanisms that connect education to employment.

December 6, 2012

Macs made in USA could jump-start American manufacturing - Apple plans to make one of its Macintosh lines in the United States next year. What's promising is the idea that Apple's multimillion-dollar investment will spark demand for a more close-to-home supply chain that could have a ripple effect.

December 3, 2012

Blue Cross and UNC look to train more physician assistants - North Carolina and really the entire nation face a shortage of physicians, with some estimates showing a shortage of 150,000 doctors, including 65,000 primary care doctors by 2020. A growing percentage of experts say programs to train nurses and physician assistants would do more to reduce that shortage, particularly because they can graduate in a shorter time, but will be able to handle a large portion of the health care needs of most Americans.

December 3, 2012

Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity - Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century.

December 1, 2012

The Insourcing Boom: After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. - The GeoSpring ... was so hard to assemble that no one in the big room wanted to make it. Instead they redesigned it. The team eliminated 1 out of every 5 parts. It cut the cost of the materials by 25 percent. It eliminated the tangle of tubing that couldn't be easily welded. By considering the workers who would have to put the water heater together--in fact, by having those workers right at the table, looking at the design as it was drawn--the team cut the work hours necessary to assemble the water heater from 10 hours in China to two hours in Louisville.

November 26, 2012

American Mismatch: There are plenty of jobs in manufacturing, but too few people with the necessary skills. - In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers' best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity.

November 21, 2012

CAGC Makes Vocational Education/Construction Recommendations to NC Legislative Panel - CAGC (Carolina's Associated General Contractors) and vocational education representatives last week recommended to a legislative committee a number of steps to improve Career Technical Education (CTE), including requiring licensed CTE directors in the public schools and encouraging that public school and community college CTE courses align to industry standards and national credentials such as the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

November 19, 2012

McKinsey Global Institute Report -- Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation - The global manufacturing sector has undergone a tumultuous decade: large developing economies leaped into the first tier of manufacturing nations, a severe recession choked off demand, and manufacturing employment fell at an accelerated rate in advanced economies. Still, manufacturing remains critically important to both the developing and the advanced world.

In the former, it continues to provide a pathway from subsistence agriculture to rising incomes and living standards. In the latter, it remains a vital source of innovation and competitiveness, making outsized contributions to research and development, exports, and productivity growth. But the manufacturing sector has changed--bringing both opportunities and challenges--and neither business leaders nor policy makers can rely on old responses in the new manufacturing environment.

November 10, 2012

UNC leaders debate: Jobs, or knowledge? - Should college be a meandering journey of intellectual exploration or a straight line to a good job? What's more worthwhile for today's undergraduate -- Aristotle or aerospace engineering? Biotech or British lit? There's no right answer, but UNC system leaders are thinking that college and career should be linked more closely for the sake of students and the state's economy. In the past few months, a panel of corporate, higher education and government leaders has pored over projections about North Carolina's future workforce as it crafts a five-year strategy for the state's public universities.

November 6, 2012

Singapore making progress in technical, vocational education - Mr Teo said: "Education is a forward-looking enterprise. It seeks to prepare our youths for a society and economy that will only exist fifteen to twenty years in the future. A good understanding of the key forces driving future trends will therefore allow us to anticipate the competencies that we need to develop in our youths."

But Mr Teo said while Singapore has made good progress in technical and vocational education aspects, work is far from over.

That is because over time, industry demands have evolved as the structure of the economy changed from labour intensive to skill-intensive industries, and now, increasingly becoming innovation-intensive.

October 15, 2012

High School Combines Studies In Trade, Academics - At Bonneville Joint School District 93's new Technical Careers High School, students learn how to apply basic academic skills such as writing and math to hands-on careers such as auto mechanics and welding. Making lessons relate to student career choices keeps them interested in the general academic topics.

The school offers training in welding, auto collision repair and automotive tech. School officials plan to add construction and drafting and energy systems technology next year.

October 11, 2012

Cultivate a Career Exhibit at the North Carolina State Fair - The NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is partnering with NCDPI and others to host Cultivate a Career, a fun and interactive educational exhibit at the NC State Fair where fairgoers can explore their career interests and learn about the wide variety of careers.

This is a perfect opportunity for our students to discover their career interests and explore careers outside the traditional classroom. Please encourage kids of all ages to stop by the Cultivate a Career exhibit, located near Blue Ridge Road gate 11, the Kerr Scott building, and the Kiddieland rides.

October 9, 2012

Webinar - Raising the Awareness of Advanced Manufacturing in North Carolina - We are a group of concerned educators, manufacturing companies, and community leaders working together to ensure a future pipeline of workers needed as the advanced-manufacturing industry continues to grow in North Carolina. We need to raise the awareness of advanced-manufacturing occupations especially for students who are in the process of choosing their future career. Join us on October 9, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.

October 4, 2012

Manufacturers try to make a positive impression with students - High school students recently visited seven manufacturers in Evanston, IL. The companies showcased their operations to the teens as well as community leaders and politicians, hoping to dispel perceptions that making things is dirty and dangerous work and that manufacturing is either dead or dying. The event was part of a series of open house events taking place this week across the nation to bolster careers in manufacturing and the industry's value to the U.S. economy.

October 4, 2012

The North Carolina State Board of Education adopts "Vision of Public Education in North Carolina: A Great Public Education System for a Great State" - This new vision includes the following in the second paragraph:

"A strong public school system provides a steady flow of skilled workers, especially in emerging areas such as advanced manufacturing where many employers are struggling to find workers."

September 29, 2012

Manufacturing jobs go begging, recruiting begins - The advanced manufacturing industry has an image problem that researchers say is making it difficult to fill hundreds of high-paying jobs in Northern Kentucky. "Across the board, (people) really don't really have a firm understanding on what is entailed in the manufacturing industry."

September 26, 2012

Education in Indiana: Grant aims to mesh vocational courses, employer needs - An $800,000 Lilly Endowment grant is aimed at pressing Indiana high schools, colleges and vocational institutions to offer courses that better match the needs of area employers.

The network's specific aim is to better align secondary and postsecondary education systems with specific growth industries and opportunities in each region of the state.

September 24, 2012

Career education tops list for study - Brunswick County's school board on Monday held one of what is expected to be numerous conversations to assess the five-year needs of the district. At the top of that list is determining if there is a need for a Career and Technical Education program.

September 21, 2012

Rising U.S. Exports--Plus Reshoring--Could Help Create up to 5 Million Jobs by 2020 - Manufactured exports--a bright spot of the U.S. economy in recent years--are set to surge. Combined with jobs created as a result of reshoring, higher U.S. exports could add 2.5 million to 5 million jobs by the end of the decade, as manufacturers shift production from leading European countries and Japan to take advantage of substantially lower costs in the U.S., according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

September 18, 2012

Can a Kids' Toy Bring More Women Into Engineering? - San Francisco-based entrepreneur Debbie Sterling was trained as an engineer at Stanford, where she was one of 181 women in a program that graduated nearly 700 people in all. To even out the score, she decided to begin with an early intervention in a girl's life, and she set her sights on the toy aisle. Girls, she says, begin demonstrating less interest in science, math, and engineering when they are as young as eight.

Take a walk through a toy store and you can begin to see why; the 'blue aisle' is filled with construction toys and chemistry sets, while the 'pink aisle' is filled with princesses and dolls. If we want more female engineers, we need to open their minds to engineering at a young age.

September 18, 2012

2-year degrees pay more in short term: Study of college graduates' earnings released today - A study of college graduates' earnings released today uncovered a surprising finding: A year after graduating from Tennessee's public colleges and universities, students receiving associate degrees tend to earn roughly $1,400 more than those who receive a four-year degree.

September 17, 2012

Career and Technical Education: Five ways that pay along the way to the B.A. - Getting a Bachelor's degree is the best way for most workers to make middle-class wages. In this report, however, we show there are 29 million jobs (21% of all jobs) for workers without Bachelor's degrees. The report also details five major sub-baccaulareate, career and technical education (CTE) pathways: employer-based training, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, postsecondary certificates, and associate's degrees.

September 17, 2012

Why manufacturers can't find the workforce they need - As the economy begins to climb out of the Great Recession, one sector -- manufacturing -- finds itself in a predicament. The country is awash in unemployed workers, but few have the skills that factories really need. This skills gap has been widening for decades, but trends are converging to make the crunch especially severe. Technology on the shop floor is evolving quickly. This means that factory jobs demand more math and science skills than most Americans possess. Meanwhile, young people have turned their backs on the factory; manufacturing ranks dead last among career choices for 18- to 24-year-olds, one survey shows.

September 14, 2012

Mercedes, city schools team up to offer course: Students to learn skills needed by workers at auto plants - The Tuscaloosa City School System and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International are teaming up to offer a weekend Workforce Development Academy for high school students interested in working for the automotive industry giant after they graduate.

Students enrolled in the academy will participate in applied mathematics, measurements, team building, team projects and field trips to the MBUSI plant. They'll also participate in hands-on projects and learn about robotics.

September 13, 2012

How Career And Technical Education Is Changing In Indiana - Mike Pence and John Gregg both say Indiana schools need to prepare students for the workforce, not just college. So vocational education has become a buzzword in the governor's race. But according to the director of one career and technical education program, that terminology is out-of-date.

September 12, 2012

Discover 9 New College Majors With a Future: Colleges are responding to workplace demand by adding degrees. - Want to major in a field of the future? Colleges have been responding to developments in technology and business by creating majors that hardly existed 5 or 10 years ago. Other more established fields are suddenly hot at the undergraduate level as demand for workers spikes.

September 11, 2012

Marketplace: Training for new manufacturing skill requirements - American companies are opening -- and re-opening -- factories in the U.S. And many of the jobs require a whole new skills set -- something someone who worked in a factory five, maybe 10, years ago probably doesn't have.

September 9, 2012

Lack of Soft Skills is the Real Issue in Labor 'Mismatch' - Skills 2014, a report released in the spring of 2011 by the Corridor Alliance and Kirkwood Community College, cited four priorities listed by employers in connection with applicants' missing soft skills. (Communication, Dependability, Conflict resolution and customer service, and Problem solving)

A 2011 employer survey from the Manufacturing Institute found that the top skill deficiency among manufacturing workers was "inadequate problem-solving skills." Also cited by the employers was "inadequate basic employability skills" -- attendance, timeliness, work ethic and similar aspects.

A survey of more than 1,300 companies earlier this year by Manpower, the staffing agency, found 26 percent complaining about the lack of such soft skills.

September 7, 2012

LRC Seeks Improvements in Vocational Education - In good news for construction and training efforts, an LRC Study Committee on Career and Technical Education has been authorized to make recommendations for next year's long session, reports the Carolinas AGC's Weekly NewsBreak. The committee, under the LRC, is directed to recommend how "to improve the quality and relevance of the training, align basic education and vocational and higher education training and ensure that students who are not college bound are career ready."

September 6, 2012

SAS EVAAS for K-12 study: Futures for Kids program raises student achievement - A new study of student data confirms that students using Futures for Kids (F4K) make more progress than their peers, based on higher End-of-Course (EOC) and End-of-Grade (EOG) test scores. Results were especially strong in key STEM areas such as mathematics. Using SAS Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) for K-12 to analyze a cross section of schools and students across North Carolina, researchers found participating students benefit in several interrelated academic areas.

August 31, 2012

Moving beyond Plato versus Plumbing in North Carolina - This project discusses and contextualizes today's policy debate over postsecondary education, details the parlous condition of the North Carolina economy since 2000 and analyzes future labor market (occupational) projections, and lays out some simple but powerful bipartisan recommendations regarding an overall career and educational plan--and individual student passways--to the future for our state.

It is time to reaffirm the position that every capable and interested student and future young adult be afforded the opportunity to attend college or to complete some kind of high school or postsecondary credential with relevance to the labor market.

August 30, 2012

September 10, 2PM webinar: Education for the Twenty-first Century: Districts Take the Lead - Educators are increasingly interested in integrating critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication into their teaching and learning systems. But these efforts will only be effective if districts change their policies and practices. In a recently published book, The Leader's Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts (Allyn and Bacon, 2012), Ken Kay and Valerie Greenhill of EdLeader21 describe seven steps that district leaders can take to integrate twenty-first-century skills into their instructional programs.

August 30, 2012

September 12, 4:30PM webinar: Education for Life and Work: Deeper Learning and Twenty-First-Century Skills - There is a growing consensus that all students need to develop the abilities to use their knowledge to think critically and solve problems, communicate effectively, and learn how to learn. These deeper learning competencies are increasingly seen as essential for student success in a complex world. But what is the evidence to back up these beliefs?

August 29, 2012

Education, Job Openings, and Unemployment in Metropolitan America - An analysis of labor markets using data on adult educational attainment, occupations, and job openings in the 100 largest metropolitan areas from January of 2006 to February of 2012 finds that: Advertised job openings in large metropolitan areas require more education than all existing jobs, and more education than the average adult has attained.
Charlotte-Gastonia data
Greensboro-High Point data
Raleigh-Cary data

August 21, 2012

8 Steps for Closing the Skills Gap - The public may find it counterintuitive that even while the unemployment rate is persistently high, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs go unfilled. But manufacturers are acutely aware that rapidly deployed new technologies, major demographic shifts, and corporate globalization have employers scouring for qualified candidates. It's estimated that as many as 600,000 manufacturing positions are currently unfilled in the U.S.

August 20, 2012

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory - How can we prepare today's students to become tomorrow's innovators? It's an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global education experts like Yong Zhao and Tony Wagner. Virtually every discussion of 21st-century learning puts innovation and its close cousin, creativity, atop the list of skills students must have for the future.

August 20, 2012

Making It Work: Today's Jobs Require Tomorrow's Skills - How do we expect our students to compete in today's global economy when we are teaching them as if they're living in yesterday's business world? Today's jobs require tomorrow's skills.

August 15, 2012

Will nanotech bring jobs to N.C.? - Many of the potential nanotechnology jobs come from the commercialization of nanotech products, many of which focus on products in the defense and biotechnology industries. The National Nanotechnology Initiative anticipates that in the next 15 years there will be $600 billion worth of products in the marketplace that were manufactured with some form of nanotechnology. That figure is expected to grow to $1 trillion by 2015 and $3 trillion by 2020.

July 26, 2012

A Different Road To Work, Bypassing College Dreams - With college costs rising and student debt mounting, a group of college-prep kids in Charlotte are opting for an alternative route: European-style apprenticeships.

July 17, 2012

Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict - What brings great test scores may hamper entrepreneurial qualities. Standardized testing and a focus on rote memorization, for example, are perhaps the biggest enemies of entrepreneurial capability. A contrast between Finland and the East Asian countries illustrates this point. Although Finland's entrepreneurship activities do not rank as high as its PISA performance, the Finns possess a much higher level of perceived entrepreneurial capabilities than the East Asian countries.

July 5, 2012

Job hunting? These skills are in demand - The survey found that 49 percent of U.S. employers are having trouble filling critical positions, in large part to a mismatch between the skills job seekers have and the skills employers want.

July 3, 2012

Lack of skilled employees hurting manufacturing - Even amidst today's high unemployment levels, some 300,000 jobs are going unfilled, often because employers are unable to find men and women with the advanced math, science and technology skills that modern manufacturers need. Our combined experience in business and government leads us to believe that there is much that can be done to get companies the skilled workers they need to grow through smart, targeted collaboration between the public and private sectors.

July 2, 2012

Middle school students get lessons in logic during STEM camp at FTCC - Students learned about electronics, forensic science, solar energy and computer programming at the Cumberland County schools STEM Camp. 50 middle school students in the camp focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics lessons.

July 1, 2012

Snapshot of a Modern Learner - His teachers use technology as an event. Outside of school, he doesn't separate technology from other activities. For him, it is air or water, something that he doesn't really think about because it's always available.

June 27, 2012

In a recession, do 4-year colleges make sense? - The number of high school graduates choosing technical schools over state colleges grew by two million between 2006 and 2010. The high cost of college tuition was a driving force. Since 2006, tuition jumped from an average of $16,000 to nearly $20,000.

June 21, 2012

Real World Lessons Can't Be Unlearned - Why aren't high school students seeing the potential in a career in manufacturing? Maybe they just don't know. Maybe their parents and guidance counselors just don't know that with the right technical skills, a person can make a good living in manufacturing.

June 19, 2012

States form coalition to boost career training - Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee announced Tuesday they have formed a network to build alternative tracks leading to a successful career. They'll be working with the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard and Jobs for the Future to connect employers with educators and policymakers.

June 19, 2012

Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Welders - "But many parents won't encourage their children to enter the skilled trades. They've seen manufacturers cut jobs and wreak havoc in the lives of people who depended on that work." Mom and dad may have had to take it ..., but they aren't going to see their kids make the same mistake. They are not about to let their children grow up to 'accept the business cycle'

June 19, 2012

Let's Get Serious About Our Nation's Human Capital: A Plan to Reform the U.S. Workforce Training System - Middle-class jobs are increasingly out of reach for workers who lack education and skills training beyond high school.
A special report from the Center for American Progress

June 6, 2012

USDE Official Praises Havelock Middle Hands-On Technology Class - U.S. Department of Education official Brenda Dann-Mesier was in the east Wednesday visiting a class in Craven County that's setting a new standard in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math skills to middle school students.

June 6, 2012

Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession - The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession.

June 5, 2012

Study examines vocational certificates' big rewards - On average, workers who hold a certificate earned 20% more than workers with only a high school diploma. But certificate-holders earned more than some workers holding bachelor's degrees:

June 1, 2012

Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession - The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession.

May 31, 2012

Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway: Preliminary Insights & Stakeholder Engagement Considerations - Research and experience demonstrate that there are critical junctures along the pathway to community college completion where students tend to lose momentum and drop out. As we strive to improve the community college student experience, we must identify and address those junctures and listen to what students themselves have to say about what will help them maintain and increase momentum.

May 30, 2012

The Death Of Shop Class And America's Skilled Workforce - The UC/CA State system focuses on theory and not applied skills; a belief that learning how to swing a hammer or understand the difference between a good joint from a bad joint is part of a by-gone era, and as a society these skills are not something to strive for -- something people resort to when they are out of options. Looking at shop class in this light is short-sighted and detrimental to America's future.

May 30, 2012

Report: Top 10 in-demand, hardest to fill jobs - Finding the right workers for the right jobs is something business leaders face every day ... across the country. Now a new survey reveals just which jobs are the hardest to fill, and what job types are most in-demand by companies. in three employers (34%) globally are reporting difficulty in filling jobs because of a lack of available talent. The report also revealed that 49% of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.

May 29, 2012

Why Should We Care About Vocational Education? - This bias against vocational education is dysfunctional. First, it is destructive to our children. They should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to, rather than more or less condemning them to jobs they'll find meaningless. If a young person has an affinity for hair design or one of the trades, to keep him or her from developing the skills to pursue this calling is destructive.

May 27, 2012

It's time to drop the college-for-all crusade - The college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness. Time to ditch it. Like the crusade to make all Americans homeowners, it's now doing more harm than good. It looms as the largest mistake in educational policy since World War II, even though higher education's expansion also ranks as one of America's great postwar triumphs.

May 23, 2012

Manufacturing jobs rebound, but few qualified to fill them - A Charlotte maker of industrial gears plans to hire about 40 machinists in the next three to five years but faces a challenge: too few qualified applicants in the region.

May 7, 2012

The Importance of Educational Adaptability: a paper presented at the Invitational Research Symposium on Technology Enhanced Assessments - What is the role of education for preparing the labor force of the middle of the 21st century? The most conventional response is that we need to specify the 21st century skills that will be required. These can then be translated into changes in core curriculum and instructional practices that incorporate increasing use of educational technologies to produce a capable and competitive labor force as well as measures for assessment.

May 3, 2012

Public comment on the Common Career Technical Core - Seeking public comment on the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality CTE standards developed and validated by education and industry experts. The public has the opportunity to comment on one or all of the sets of CCTC standards designed to reflect the broad program level expectations for each of the Career Clusters and Pathways.

April 19, 2012

College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2011 High School Graduates - Of the 3.1 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2011, about 2.1 million (68.3 percent) were enrolled in college in October 2011. The college enrollment rate of recent high school graduates was slightly lower than the record high set in October 2009 (70.1 percent).

March 23, 2012

Career Mapping Eyed to Prepare Students for College: Learning plans are beginning as early as the 1st grade - Secondary schools are becoming more intentional about helping students discover their career interests and map out a plan to achieve them.

February 10, 2012

More than half of U.S. cities see rise in manufacturing employment - More than half of the nation's major markets are experiencing an upswing in manufacturing activity. The increases are generally small, yet they're welcome news after several years of declines.

February 1, 2012

Training students for skills that pay - Despite what we were told in high school, apparently a college degree doesn't guarantee a higher income.

North Carolina's singular focus on sending students to four-year colleges is hurting our economy and the people of this state.

February 1, 2012

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections: 2010-2020 Summary - Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Total employment is projected to grow by 14.3 percent over the decade, resulting in 20.5 million new jobs. Despite rapid projected growth, construction is not expected to regain all of the jobs lost during the 2007-09 recession.

February 1, 2012

Exposing the Myths About American Manufacturing - Over the past two years, the U.S. economy has created some 330,000 manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing production has increased by about 5.7 percent since June 2009--its fastest pace in a decade. At the same time, rising wages in China are making overseas manufacturing more expensive.

February 1, 2012

Future Forward: News and tools to fuel college and career readiness - During February, USA TODAY Education is offering teachers free access to Future Forward. Explore the program by logging in with username (USATEACHER) and password (FEBFREE).

January 30, 2012

How Should We Prepare Students for Health Care Careers? - This article explores the following questions that relate to all CTE program areas.

"To help college freshmen get a jump on their health care education, what should the model curriculum of a high school health science look like? What content should be included? What are the current gaps in learning that need to be addressed?"

January 25, 2012

I-SS Career Academy and Technical School seeks 'golden opportunities' for students - The Career Academy and Technical School in Troutman held its first Community Advisory Board meeting Wednesday to explore what CATS Principal Larry Rogers called "golden opportunities" to work with businesses in the county.

The board will meet quarterly to discuss how the school will continue to train its students for job opportunities at local industries, with the focus on keeping graduating students in Iredell County when they start working.

"We need to be more engaged with what the industry needs are," said Dr. Tim Brewer, newly appointed Mitchell Community College president. "We've got to develop programs that are going to mean something for students when they get out."

January 24, 2012

National mobile app-creation program launches at Apex High School - Students at Apex High School will be learning how to design and market mobile apps, as part of a test program launched by computer maker Lenovo and the National Academy Foundation.

Students will work in teams to create a real-world mobile app during the 12-week, after-school course. Enrollment is optional, but as of Tuesday 30 students had registered.

January 17, 2012

N.C. logistics center selects high school as partner - The North Carolina Center for Global Logistics, which has a network of 23 higher education institutions, announced today that the new Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy will become the center's first high school partner.

January 5, 2012

Updated North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement - This is an update to the 2005 articulation agreement, which will take effect for high school courses taken after July 1, 2012.

November 10, 2011

Governor Perdue Announces New Career and College Promise Program - "Career & College Promise will prepare eligible high school students for life after high school - that means college credit for some, job training for others," Gov. Bev Perdue said. "Regardless of whether a student plans to go to college or get a job, Career & College Promise provides focused preparation, tuition-free to the student."

November 10, 2011

Help Wanted: Mechanics, Not Chefs - The dearth of interest among young people in many blue-collar trades -- such as welding, machine production and aviation mechanics -- means they're missing out on reasonably well-paid positions in fields where employment prospects are improving. Aircraft mechanics, for example, earned a median weekly wage of $980 in 2010 or nearly $51,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

October 31, 2011

Students at Wake Tech Community College Talk Reform and Jobs - At a roundtable discussion with students at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, N.C. after Secretary Duncan's town hall meeting last week, the students were open and honest about educational reform and the need for jobs in this country.

October 21, 2011

Students explore career paths at Nash Community College showcase - The Career and Technical Education Showcase Open House drew more than 900 students in eighth through 12th grade as well as their parents, giving them a taste of vocational classes in the school district that align with programs offered at Nash Community College.

October 17, 2011

Boiling Point? The skills gap in U.S. Manufacturing - A strong manufacturing base has been fundamental to the economic success and effectiveness of the U.S., and we see little evidence of that changing. That's one reason why, year after year, studies continue to show that Americans remain stalwart in their support of a strong manufacturing industry.

October 10, 2011

HondaJet expansion in Triad to create 419 jobs - Honda Aircraft announced a major expansion of its operations at the Piedmont Triad International Airport, a move that will bring 419 jobs to the area with an average salary of $53,000.

What are we doing in our high schools to prepare kids for these advanced manufacturing and aerospace maintenance/repair jobs?

August 31, 2011

Hair School: New program prepares students for state licensing exam - A Durham Public Schools offering, the cosmetology program can accommodate up to 100 students from any public Durham high school. Each pupil will receive free vocational training worth at least $10,000.

August 29, 2011

How to Fix Our Math Education - The truth is that different sets of math skills are useful for different careers, and our math education should be changed to reflect this fact.

August 29, 2011

Holmes High hopes to give students a career, future along with a degree - The new career based educational plan calls for students to pick a career subject as the enter 10th grade. Students can choose from paths like manufacturing and construction, education, health care or information technology.

August 28, 2011

Modern workers need mod skills - You need to be a tech-savvy problem solver, be flexible about taking on new tasks, and seek out training that will keep you fresh in your field.

August 4, 2011

Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative - The core belief of Accelerating Opportunity is that postsecondary credentials are the gateway to family-supporting wages--and that those credentials are critical to breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty in America.

June 8, 2011

Partnership is a Two-Way Street: What It Takes for Business to Help Drive School Reform - Business can provide the leverage, expertise, and leadership that will help educators and public officials make tough decisions and take hard steps they may not take on their own.

June 1, 2011

Students Yearn for Relevance - Our high school students are telling us something important about what they want and feel they need by the time they graduate. Interestingly, it's not so different from what employers say they want from graduates.

May 25, 2011

State of the North Carolina Workforce 2011-2020: Preparing North Carolina's Workforce and Businesses for the Global Economy - This study examines the state of North Carolina's workforce in 2010-2011 as a result of in-depth analysis of economic and employment data as well as a number of interviews with key stakeholders across the state during the late fall of 2010. It also evaluates the impact of the 2008-09 recession (sometimes referred to as the "Great Recession") and the ongoing structural economic shifts described in the previous 2007 State of the Workforce Report.

May 25, 2011

More skilled workers key to Georgia's economic future - "My biggest fear is, when (the economy) really turns around, we won't have the work force we need for these jobs that will become available."

Maintenance technicians, medical technicians, welders, medical assistants - all are jobs that Everson said will be in greater demand as the economy retools itself and, importantly, baby boomers retire from these positions.

These jobs can't be off-shored. And, Everson said, if "you come out of these technical colleges with the right background, you'll make more than some people with a [bachelor's] degree."

May 24, 2011

What's it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors - On average, bachelor's degrees pay off. But a new study confirms that some undergraduate majors pay off a lot more than others. In fact, the difference in earnings potential between one major and another can be more than 300 percent.

Using United States Census data available for the first time, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is helping Americans connect the dots between college majors and career earnings. In the new report, this first-time research demonstrates just how critical the choice of major is to a student's median earnings.

May 11, 2011

Blueprint For Jobs In The 21st Century: A Vision for a Competitive Human Resource Policy for the American Workforce - HR Policy Association provides the perspective of the chief human resource officers of more than 300 of the largest companies doing business in the United States today on America's jobs challenges and the human capital policy changes needed to make the President's dream, and our dream, a reality.

May 9, 2011

A Sputnik Moment for Education: The Role of CTE and Arts in STEM Innovation - The separation between the arts and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is artificial and relatively new in human history. All of the disciplines of science, engineering, and mathematics are born of Mother Art, but she has somehow lost touch with her children.

May 9, 2011

State Board of Education Endorses Gov. Perdue's Career and College Promise Initiative - Gov. Perdue's Career and College Promise would enable eligible students to complete one year or more of higher education by the time they graduate high school. Students participating in the program could choose to earn Career and Technical Education credentials, a college transfer certificate, or two years of college credit, depending on their goals for the future. After high school graduation, students would then have the option of completing a second year of higher education for free from a community college.

April 21, 2011

Six Stories About Six States: Programs of Study - National Research Center for Career and Technical Education study on Programs of Study.

As indicated in this report, Programs of Study have the potential to engage students in rigorous and sequenced education that makes learning active, relevant, connected to the world of careers and work, and delivered through courses that honor student choice and meaningful educational practice.

April 19, 2011

Poll: Students grade high school down, college up - Students say their school wasn't good at helping them choose a field of study, aiding them in finding the right college or vocational school, or assisting them in coming up with ways to pay for more schooling.

Most young people say their school didn't do a good job of preparing them for work or helping them choose a future career. They also give high schools low marks on exposing them to the latest technology in their field and helping them get work experience, according to the poll conducted in partnership with Stanford University.

April 19, 2011

Rigor, Relevance, and the Future of Career and Technical Education - There's an urgent need to re-imagine and remake career and technical education. CTE has an enormous, if often overlooked impact on students, school systems, and our ability to prosper as a nation. At the same time, we need a frank discussion about the challenges of the current system. At the heart of the matter is that CTE programs need to strengthen their rigor and relevance -- and deliver better outcomes for students.

February 16, 2011

Help the Governor Balance the Budget - If you think you have a better solution to balancing the state budget, here is where you can try it out.

February 3, 2011

Get President Obama to speak at your High School Graduation - The Race to the Top Commencement Challenge invites public high schools across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career.
The winning school will host President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker.

February 2, 2011

Al Yankovic's Favorite Teacher - Weird Al Yankovic explains why his 8th grade Drafting teacher was his favorite.

February 2, 2011

The New CTE: Secretary Duncan's Remarks on Career and Technical Education - First, for far too long, CTE has been the neglected stepchild of education reform. That neglect has to stop. And second, the need to re-imagine and remake career and technical education is urgent. CTE has an enormous, if often overlooked impact on students, school systems, and our ability to prosper as a nation.

February 1, 2011

Harvard Study: "Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century" - Parents, listen up: Even Harvard says that CTE is a good for our kids!

January 17, 2011

In a tough economy, new focus on job-oriented certificates -
"... employment data shows that students who earn certificates or associate of science degrees make more money in their first year out of college than four-year graduates ..."

January 1, 2011

Graduates with career-driven degrees from a community college tend to out-earn those with a bachelor's degree from a four-year school. - State employment data that track the earnings of recent graduates show those who earned a career-focused associate's degree or postsecondary certificate from a Florida community college are in many cases making more money than bachelor's degree recipients at state universities.

December 21, 2010

Study: Community colleges educate far more than public universities -

Nationally, 45.7 percent of college students attend two-year community colleges.

10.8 percent of college students attend four-year public research institutions, like N.C. State University.

18.1 percent of college students attend four-year non-research public colleges, like UNC-Wilmington.

Yet, the state of North Carolina provides nearly twice as much money to its four-year colleges as it does to its community colleges.

December 8, 2010

Significant Discussions: A Guide for Secondary and Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment - The Significant Discussions Project, with generous support from MetLife Foundation, is based on the recognition that misalignment of curriculum among secondary schools, community colleges, universities, and employers creates barriers to student success, and that collaborative discussions about curriculum alignment across educational sectors are often random and voluntary. Further, few systems are in place to institutionalize or incentivize collaborative work to improve alignment.

December 6, 2010

Labor shortage predicted in New England region - Despite high unemployment, analysts see a labor shortage looming in New England. ...the population has declined steadily in Massachusetts and other New England states during recent decades and baby boomers will retire in coming years. ...the result could be a shortage of up to 780,000 skilled workers by 2018, especially for jobs such as surgical assistants, preschool teachers, lab technicians, legal secretaries, and office administrators. Other professions likely to experience shortages are pharmacists, physical therapists, database administrators, and other positions requiring college education.

November 17, 2010

Hiring Prospects Look Up for College Graduates--Some of Them, Anyway - The job outlook for college students is brightening somewhat, with the hiring of new bachelor's-degree graduates expected to increase by 10 percent this academic year, according to a major annual survey of employers released on Wednesday.

Some industries look more promising than others, according to the report. Manufacturers, professional-services companies, large commercial banks, and the federal government plan to hire more new graduates, while smaller banks, state governments, and colleges and universities project drops.

October 5, 2010

AP Poll: Americans see community colleges as viable option for some students - Respondents rated community colleges as excellent or good at nearly the same rate as four-year schools, showing Americans are generally pleased with two-year colleges. Seventy-one percent said it's sometimes better for students to pursue a diploma or certificate from a two-year school than aim to enter a four-year college.

October 3, 2010

More to aim for besides 4-year colleges: Have a serious talk with your kids about careers - "Parents need to be real," Messer (school district superintendent) said. "They need to sit down with their kids and have a serious discussion with them about what career they want to pursue."

It's a talk, Messer said, that should be done in the seventh or eighth grade so their high school class selections can help them gain entrance into either a vocation school or a four-year college they need to get to where they want to go.

October 1, 2010

BCC/Brunswick County Schools wins national award - The Brunswick County Schools/Brunswick Community College Tech Prep Consortium has won the 2010 National Level Award for Employer Partnerships for Tech Prep, which is awarded through the National Association for Tech Prep Leadership (NATPL). The award will be presented at the 2010 National Career Pathways Network Conference in Dallas, Texas on October 20, 2010.

October 1, 2010

Partnership Makes Nurse Camp 2010 Possible - The Associate Degree Nursing 2010 newsletter has an article about the Robeson County Public Schools partnership with Robeson Community College for their summer camp program S.C.R.U.B.S., which introduces high school juniors and seniors to the art of nursing.

September 28, 2010

Focusing on Career Training in School - The Today show interviewed a high school CTE student and discussed the benefits of CTE as preparation for college.

September 7, 2010

Accommodating Increased Dual Credit Enrollment Numbers - The increased education demands of the workplace and the realities of state budget cuts are forcing many institutions to place increased importance on dual credit initiatives. These initiatives help facilitate the matriculation of high school students into technical programs without overtaxing institutional budgets.

August 30, 2010

Technology Jobs on the Rise - In the market for a career that offers plenty of job growth? Think technology. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's predictions for the fastest-growing careers, technology (in any number of forms) is almost a sure bet.

August 5, 2010

N.C. Chamber asks how business can improve education - North Carolina's business, political and education elites huddled Thursday to talk about how business could help schools do a better job of developing better workers. The goal of the summit in Durham is to explore how the education and business communities can "improve the learning experiences and job outcomes for students."

June 28, 2010

North Carolina Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue Elected Chair of Southern Regional Education Board - Governor Perdue was elected the Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), which is comprised of 16 states in the Southeastern United States.

One of SREB's programs, High Schools That Work, the nation's largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers, is active in many schools across the state.

June 24, 2010

Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018 - "A new, highly detailed forecast shows that as the economy struggles to recover, and jobs slowly return, there will be a growing disconnect between the types of jobs employers need to fill and numbers of Americans who have the education and training to fill those jobs."

June 20, 2010

America's misplaced disdain for vocational education - The article ends with this line "Some parents are already outraged by the imagined specter of tracking. Marc Tucker, who leads the NCEE, argues that a path to a community college might keep students engaged. Such a system would provide students with more opportunity, not less."

June 17, 2010

Prepping for the Future - For the fifth straight year, Davidson County Schools (DCS) and Davidson County Community College are partnering on a program that gives students insight into possible careers in the health and medical fields.

June 15, 2010

BCC faculty takes part in internship program - Brunswick Community College recently had four faculty members intern at five local business/agencies as a part of its College Tech Prep Faculty Internship Program.

June 10, 2010

Technology Center Boot Camp gives counselors hands-on experience - "...counselors come here and see what is offered, so if our students indicate an interest in a certain area, such as architecture or automotive service, we can better advise them,"

May 3, 2010

Academy gives kids a foot in the door - Apex High School's Academy of Information Technology is a great example of getting kids started in a technical program in high school that will continue with a two-or-four-year postsecondary program.

April 20, 2010

The North Carolina State Budget: Recommended Adjustments 2010-2011 - (Page 14) "Provide $1.4 million recurring for diagnostics in reading, writing, science, and math in grades 8 and 11. The State Board of Education shall maximize the use of federal funds to implement an academic boot camp to address basic deficiencies and ensure that students graduate college and career ready."

This aligns with our CTP goal to reduce the need for remediation when the students go to community college. Hopefully we can connect CTP students to this program (if funded).

April 13, 2010

CTE students graduate from high school at higher rate than state average - Lenoir, Greene, and Jones County Schools talk about how Career and Technical Education courses keep kids in school and help to increase the graduation rate.

April 13, 2010

ACTE Announces Career Ready Definition - A new paper titled "What Is 'Career Ready'?" outlines three broad sets of skills students need to be career-ready: core academic skills, employability skills and technical skills. ACTE created this paper to broaden the national discussion around the term "career readiness."

April 6, 2010

Career-Ready Commission Report - The State Superintendent's Career-Ready Commission just released a report titled "A Crisis of Relevance: How NC Must Innovate to Graduate all Students Career- and College-Ready." This report identifies the overarching crisis affecting North Carolina's public schools.

"Too many students are failing to make connections between what they learn in school and their career goals. These students are not engaged in or inspired by what they are learning and have no clear plan for the future. Some drop out. Others graduate unprepared for college or other training and are unqualified for most of the jobs available today. This is the 'Crisis of Relevance.'"

March 31, 2010

"American society has changed dramatically over the past half century." - That's how the Council of Economic Advisers's latest report "Work-Life Balance And The Economics Of Workplace Flexibility" begins. I hope we all already know about the drastic change, but this report goes into some depth about those changes and could be a great tool as we redesign our K-12 education systems.

March 24, 2010

Early College Eastern Applied Science and Technology High School (E.A.S.T.) - New engineering, math, science and technology-focused high school slated to open in Havelock next fall

March 21, 2010

Tech class makes learning fun for students in Lee County - "Lifting fingerprints, programming robots and racing carbon-dioxide-powered cars are just three activities Lee County middle schoolers must complete before moving on to high school."

March 16, 2010

New Sustainability Technologies Program at Cape Fear Community College - "Classes range from sustainable manufacturing to green building technology. The idea is for graduates to be qualified to plug into jobs as environmental technicians, green building supervisors, sustainability consultants and more, in both the government and the private sector. The hope is that students will get a jump start on an emerging field that is just starting to find its legs."

March 13, 2010

Weekly Address: President Obama to Send Updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act Blueprint To Congress on Monday - President Obama said "Through this plan we are setting an ambitious goal: all students should graduate from high school prepared for college and a career - no matter who you are or where you come from."

March 12, 2010

Developing a School-wide Numeracy Plan - The Ohio Regions High Schools That Work (HSTW) program has joined forces with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to provide a free webinar on developing a school-wide numeracy plan. This means a plan to get more math into CTE and other school courses in an effort to create relevant math instruction.

This free webinar would be good for educators wishing to improve their HSTW or College Tech Prep programs.

The webinar is on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from 11:30 to 12:30 Eastern Time

Document about the webinar series (Word)

Improving numeracy in the instructional program will hopefully reduce the need for remedial math instruction when our students enter college.

March 10, 2010

CTE teacher keeps 8th grader from dropping out of school and puts him on pathway to community college - Technology Education teacher works with potential dropout to find interests, then helps student create an education plan to reach new career goals. Student is now in a Tech Prep program with plans to attend community college after high school graduation.

March 9, 2010

Students@Work: Relevance in the classroom; preparedness in the workplace - Students@Work is a program that encourages North Carolina businesses to offer job shadowing opportunities to middle school students in their community.

March 1, 2010

Can I Get a Little Advice Here? How an Overstretched High School Guidance System Is Undermining Students' College Aspirations - Findings from a recent study of over 600 young adults:

  1. Most students, even those who successfully complete college, give their high school guidance counselors fair or poor ratings
  2. Students who get perfunctory counseling are more likely to delay college and make more questionable higher education choices
  3. High school counselors are viewed as less helpful than teachers
  4. Advisers at higher education institutions get better ratings, but there's room for improvement

February 28, 2010

Literacy, Learning and CTE - Davidson County School District is featured in this article in Techniques Magazine about their Literacy program.

February 25, 2010

Laney HS student places 2nd in carpentry contest - A senior at Laney High School competed against high school and community college students and placed second in the N.C. Department of Labor Carpentry Apprentice Contest. She will advance to the state competition in April.

February 22, 2010

Obama wants education benchmarks to meet higher standard - "President Obama will seek to raise academic standards across the country by requiring states to certify that their benchmarks for reading and mathematics put students on track for college or a career, administration officials said Sunday."

This is aligned with our NC College Tech Prep plan to reduce the need for remedial math, reading, and writing courses when our high school students enter community college.

February 17, 2010

Manufacturing sector making a comeback - "The long-battered U.S. manufacturing sector is showing surprising signs of strength and many experts think it has relatively bright prospects for at least the next several years."

Though we are still projecting a decline in total manufacturing jobs in North Carolina, we are experiencing a growth in high-tech manufacturing, especially in the aerospace industry. There are many companies across the state that manufacture airplane parts, and those businesses are growing.

The NC Community College System has just created a new curriculum program in Aerostructure Manufacturing and Repair. This is in addition to the already established Aviation Systems Technology program.

If you find kids who like to work with mechanical structures and have their head in the clouds, the growing aerospace manufacturing industry in NC might be the place to be.

February 17, 2010

Young Students Job Shadow Astronauts aboard the International Space Station - A group of students, meeting recently with President Obama in the Whitehouse, got to watch astronauts working on the space station and were given the oportunity to ask the astronauts questions about their work. That's long-distance job shadowing!

February 5, 2010

Building a ready workforce: More employers statewide seeking job applicants with Career Readiness Certification - Local employers gathered Thursday at Lenoir Community College to learn more about the state's WorkKeys and Career Readiness Certification programs.

February 4, 2010

"No Boundaries" project, developed by NASA and USA TODAY Education - "No Boundaries" is a cross-curricular, web-based project that encourages teens to work toward careers in STEM, while learning about NASA. Small groups of students develop projects that market careers at NASA to teens.

February 2, 2010

Teens shadow professionals at work on Groundhog Job Shadow Day - Twenty-six New Bern High School students watched health professionals work at Carolina East Medical Center as part of the National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

February 1, 2010

President Proposes to Consolidate Tech Prep Funding into Basic CTE Funds - The President has proposed to reallocate the $102.9 million Tech Prep Education State Grants to the CTE State Grants. What does this mean to Tech Prep programs in North Carolina if the funding goes away?

Discuss this issue with your colleagues on the Tech Prep forum in the ACTE Public Forums.

January 28, 2010

2010 Annual Letter from Bill Gates - Bill Gates just released his 2010 Annual Letter. "The focus of this year's letter is innovation and how it can make the difference between a bleak future and a bright one."

Among other topics in the letter, Bill Gates talks about his trip to North Carolina to visit schools in Charlotte and Durham. He talks about the benefits of on-line learning and talks about how to improve K-12 education.

January 13, 2010

Perdue hopes to move beyond budget woes in 2010 - "And too many recent high school graduates - up to 60 percent in the state community college system - must take remedial classes before starting their college course of study. These numbers offend me." Governor Perdue said.

Helping to reduce the need for remedial courses in college is one of the top goals for College Tech Prep in North Carolina. Let's show the governor that we are doing what we can to help.

January 13, 2010

Perdue promotes plan for student prep - "Every kid -- no matter where he or she lives in North Carolina -- must graduate from high school with what it really takes to succeed in a career, in a two- or four-year college or technical training," the governor said.

Governor's Education Agenda

Many of the governor's points seem to address College Tech Prep Programs. Take a look.

January 12, 2010

Developing a School-wide Literacy Plan - free webinar - High Schools That Work (HSTW) and ACTE are collaborating on a free School Improvement Webinar Series to provide administrators and teacher leaders with strategies for successfully implementing HSTW.

The next webinar is Developing a School-wide Literacy Plan on January 19 from 11:30 to 12:30 (Eastern time).

The February 16 webinar will be Establishing an Effective Advisor/Advisee Program.

March 16 will be Developing a School-wide Numeracy Plan.

This is a great webinar series for HSTW schools as well as for College Tech Prep schools that wish to improve their remediation rates.

Direct Link to the Registration

January 11, 2010

Enhancing STEM Education through Robotics - Teams of high school students from across the country have just begun two intense months of building robots that will compete regionally in March and hopefully, will get to compete at the national level in April.

Eighteen FIRST Robotics Teams are affiliated with public high schools in NC. This is a great way to get students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in and out of the classroom, and a great way for them to form lasting relationships with area engineers and other professionals.

January 5, 2010

Vocational education upgrade: Chicago schools roll out 7-year makeover - The Chicago Public Schools system is overhauling its Career and Technical Education program to provide about 25,000 teens the skills they'll need to land well-paying jobs -- such as those in the medical or electrical fields -- right out of high school.

January 5, 2010

Eight NC lawmakers (and educators) headed to Singapore - Eight legislators and a handful of state education officials are headed to Singapore in about a week to see what that country does right in math and science education.

December 28, 2009

Landing a Job of the Future Takes a Two-Track Mind: Career Experts Say Positions in Growing Fields Will Require an In-Demand Degree Coupled With Skills in Emerging Trends - Technology, health care and education will continue to be hot job sectors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' outlook for job growth between 2008 and 2018. But those and other fields will yield new opportunities, and even some tried-and-true fields will bring some new jobs that will combine a variety of skill sets.

December 17, 2009

Project Lead the Way Expands in Lenoir County - Lenoir County Schools was recently awarded funds by the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors, which will be used to develop Project Lead the Way at local high schools.

December 16, 2009

Weighing the Value of That College Diploma - Students are increasingly skeptical about the value of a college degree; the proportion who are willing to borrow money for college if necessary has fallen to 53% from 67% in the past year, based on a survey of 800 college students by Sallie Mae, Reston, Va.

December 15, 2009

Lieutenant governor promotes early college high schools - "Students must stay in school and adapt to a global economy if they want a good job, and business partnerships can help them to succeed" said Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton at the Champions of Education breakfast Tuesday morning in Hickory.

December 14, 2009

N.C. IT job market grows again - Good news for IT professionals and people who wish to enter the IT field. The job market for IT professionals in North Carolina jumped 23.8% in November compared to October. For November 2009, there are 1,770 job openings in IT.

December 13, 2009

Rep. Young Introduces Tax Credit Legislation For Vocational Training - H.R. 4258, the recently introduced Public-Private Vocational Partnership Act of 2009, will create a tax credit for businesses that either donate equipment to or host an internship for students enrolled in a program at a community college, secondary school, or vocational school.

December 7, 2009

Wake Tech, N.C. Solar Center win Clean Transportation grant - Wake Technical Community College and the North Carolina Solar Center have been awarded more than $300,000 to educate the community about alternative fuels and clean transportation.

November 25, 2009

Getting Them on Track: Atkins' School of Pre-Engineering helps make students excited about technology - On Nov. 12, Eaves was one of 10 Project Lead the Way teachers from around the country to get a Building the Future Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation and the technology company 3M.

November 25, 2009

Wake Tech wins SBA award for North Carolina - Wake Technical Community College has been named the North Carolina Small Business Resource Partner of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

November 22, 2009

White House Pushes Science and Math Education - To improve science and mathematics education for American children, the White House is recruiting Elmo and Big Bird, video game programmers and thousands of scientists.

November 19, 2009

Microsoft to offer free tech training at NC colleges - Microsoft is partnering with the North Carolina Community College System, the Division of Workforce Development in the N.C. Department of Commerce and the N.C. Employment Security Commission to distribute a total of 23,700 training vouchers during the next 90 days across the state. Courses range from basic technology literacy to intermediate-level technology skills. A portion of the vouchers will be issued to North Carolina residents for Microsoft Certification Exams, all at no cost to the recipients.

November 17, 2009

Cape Fear Community College student team wins green building award - A team of student architects from Cape Fear Community College took second place in a national green building design competition last weekend, the only community college in the country to qualify to compete at the national level.

November 16, 2009

UNC, N.C. community colleges, K-12 powering e-learning site, Perdue, Dalton announce - The state of North Carolina has launched a new Web site to provide access to online courses from K-12 grades, community colleges and universities.

November 8, 2009

Early College East project awarded grant funding - Craven Early College East will be a new math, science, technology and engineering-focused high school that will soon be training future workers in the state's aerospace industry. This is the second Early College at Craven Community College.

November 6, 2009

Members of Lenoir Co. STEM design team collaborate on how best to achieve goals - Lenoir County's STEM design team is working to boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the schools by preparing students for STEM jobs of the future.

November 4, 2009

Students get hands-on construction experience - The North Carolina Department of Transportation sponsors a three-day Construction Career Days event that goes to a different city each year. This year the event is in Greenville.
The purpose of this event is to expose students to careers in the construction industry by giving them hands-on experiences and face-to-face time with contractors and colleges.
I've been to one of these events in the past and know the value it can bring to helping kids decide if their future is in one of the many construction trades. The hands-on demonstrations are great, and operating a backhoe or front-end loader under the supervision of a professional might be a career changing event for many. At least I had fun digging in the dirt!

October 16, 2009

Dalton's JOBS push makes a lot of sense - Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, D-Rutherford, and his Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission are taking North Carolina education in the right direction with the push for more early college high schools. A joint legislative initiative, the JOBS Commission met for the first time last week with a goal of expanding the successful program. In an age of increasing specialization in the job market, this push to more closely align high school education with in-demand careers makes sense.

October 12, 2009

Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways - To highlight the growing importance of business engagement in education, the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have released a joint publication titled Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways.

October 9, 2009

Brunswick County Scools/Brunswick Community College Tech Prep Consortium Wins National Award - The Brunswick County Schools/Brunswick Community College Tech Prep Consortium was nominated by a National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) member for its comprehensive approach for worksite learning in the health sciences career pathway.

October 6, 2009

Green NC Educational Exhibit at the NC State Fair - Green NC is an interactive educational exhibit at the NC State Fair where you can learn about such Green topics as: Sustainable Foods, Eco-Friendly Living, Water Conservation, Recycling, Energy, and Alternative Fuels and Travel. Green NC includes hands-on displays, engaging demonstrations, and a chance to take the Green Pledge. The Green NC exhibit is located near Gate 11 on Blue Ridge Road. The 2009 NC State Fair promises to be "A Whole Lotta Happy."

October 4, 2009

Even as layoffs persist, some good jobs go begging - "Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, some employers can't find enough qualified people for good-paying career jobs."

September 24, 2009

Our gap: Tech jobs coming, but the labor pool is lacking. - A flood of new, high-tech, national-security jobs' are coming to the Fort Bragg region, and there are "nowhere near enough qualified employees to fill them." Students need to be encouraged to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers.

September 23, 2009

The Tech Prep Program at the Boeing Fabrication plant in Portland, Oregon - is a partnership between The Boeing Company, the International Association of Machinists (IAM), Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), and high schools in the Portland and Vancouver areas.

September 21, 2009

Defining 'College Ready,' Nationally - A new set of common standards for core curriculums in mathematics and reading and writing has been embraced by all states except Texas. This could create a set of widely embraced national (but not federal) standards for what high school students need to know to be 'college ready' or to have the skills to enter the work force.

September 18, 2009

Community College Committee Votes To Allow Undocumented Immigrants - As high school students, Undocumented Immigrants have always been able to take community college courses. Now those same students can continue their community college coursework after high school graduation.

September 18, 2009

Should Everyone Go to College? - President Obama has called on "every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training." This article is a panel discussion on this topic.

September 17, 2009

Perdue shifts focus to college preparedness - Governor Purdue is concerned about the number of high school graduates that are not really prepared for college work. College Tech Prep (CTP) is addressing this problem by finding and implementing programs that will reduce the remediation needs of our CTP completers.

September 16, 2009

Business leaders urged to get involved in schools - The Champions of Education forum was held recently in Catawba County to discuss business and education working together for the good of the community. Getting kids to take college-level courses was encouraged. Careers in science, technology, engineering and math were emphasized.

September 16, 2009

UNC president: State must improve public education - The president of the University of North Carolina system says that improving public education rests with fixing the state's elementary, middle and high schools. Our College Tech Prep programs are working to improve academic performance and truly prepare our students for college

September 15, 2009

Color This Collaboration Green - Dare County Schools is collaborating with UNC Coastal Studies Institute, NC Coastal Federation, Dare Campus of the College of the Albemarle, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Elizabethan Gardens, Coastal Plain Conservation Nursery, Dare County Planning Department, and Earth Saver LLC to educate our high school students about cisterns and rain gardens.

July 0, 2009

Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow - In this report, the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) presents a projection of potential developments in the U.S. labor market over the next five to ten years and discusses the preparations necessary to develop the 21st century workforce. Also discussed are the skills that will likely be most relevant in growing occupations, the value and limitations of our current post-high school education and training systems, and the characteristics of a more effective education and training structure.

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