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Congress Must Act on Bill to Aid Career and Technical Education

Education Week: Congress Must Act on Bill to Aid Career and Technical Education http://t.co/SoqpvtA6Vz via @educationweek #cteleads
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Great opinion piece on the need to make technical training more accessible to young people and a higher priority for education funding.

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What Germany Could Teach Washington About Skilled Jobs

What Germany Could Teach Washington About Skilled Jobs | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
What job are you qualified for after 12 years of public education in the U.S.? “Not many, maybe minimum wage,” said Robert Bentley, 20, who lives on (RT @KUOW: Do we have an attitude problem when it comes to trade schools vs.
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The involvement of German corporations in funding training programs at the high school level is key to their success. It would be great if more U.S. firms would see the long-term ROI and follow their lead.

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What 13 Successful People Do Before Going To Bed

What 13 Successful People Do Before Going To Bed | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
There's a lot written about what successful people do in the mornings, but what do they do before bed? Here's a glimpse.
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It's telling that, in today's technology-driven world, so many of these successful people advocate disconnecting from their devices late in the evening in order to refocus.

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The 6 Fastest-Growing Careers In The United States - Motley Fool

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The 6 Fastest-Growing Careers In The United States
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According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we can expect some serious job growth in certain occupations over the coming years.
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It's interesting that all 6 careers require training from vocational schools instead of traditional colleges. The labor market is definitely going through a major change.


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Summer School? Teens Trade Classes for Factory Jobs - Wall Street Journal

Summer School? Teens Trade Classes for Factory Jobs - Wall Street Journal | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
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Summer School? Teens Trade Classes for Factory Jobs Wall Street Journal In 2012, for the first time ever, schools at all levels received the largest share of cash and noncash corporate donations as donors sought to expand "the...
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These types of programs are popular overseas (particularly in Germany and Japan). It's good to see that some American companies are now offering similar opportunities to high school students.

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Technical Education Offers Valuable Job Training

Rep. Doyle Heffley talks about the importance of technical education following a House Majority Policy Committee hearing on the subject.
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Thank you Rep. Heffley! Hopefully your advocacy will help make funding for vocational and technical training a higher priority in Washington!

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Trade school is secret to many folks' success - The News-Press

Trade school is secret to many folks' success - The News-Press | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
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Trade school is secret to many folks' success
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"Any mechanical trade is kind of a dying breed," Branton said.
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Hopefully, state governments will recognize the value of vocational education and begin to allocate greater funding toward it. We just need more awareness and articles like this one are a great step in that direction.

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Understanding common #job #interview questions - Historic City News

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Understanding common job interview questions
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How to respond: Similar to the “greatest weakness” question, you need to demonstrate how you've turned a negative experience into a learning experience.

Via Cruise Line Class
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Fun list with great advice for anyone preparing for an interview!


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This is when story time comes in handy. Tired of reading article after article about how to answer the usual questions? Take some time out to answer them once and for all!  Make a story for each question, rehearse (via recording yourself) and go from there. As night follows day, the SAME QUESTIONS WILL BE ASKED DURING INTERVIEWS!

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Postsecondary Vocational Education Teaching Careers Overview

http://www.citytowninfo.com/employment/postsecondary-vocational-education-teachers Interested in becoming a postsecondary vocational education teacher? Watch...
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Interesting video and great data provided in the accompanying article illustrating the earning potential in a number of vocational careers.

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Maine Department of Labor Proposes Rules Changes to Assist ...

Maine Department of Labor Proposes Rules Changes to Assist ... | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
“Many technical educational programs are at a disadvantage because some of our labor laws have not kept up with the changes in technology and job training,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “These changes will keep ...
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A great step in the right direction for Maine! Kudos and here's to hoping that other states will follow its lead.

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Promote the plumbing trade: recruiting high school students | Sustainably Speaking

Promote the plumbing trade: recruiting high school students | Sustainably Speaking | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
This months’ August issue features CONTRACTOR’s 60th anniversary, along with many of the manufacturers that have similar staying power.
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Great article on how vocational education programs can help fill actual labor shortages that are now appearing in the U.S. workforce.

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Vocational education is making a comeback

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Vocational education often was deemed a second-tier educational choice for those who could not go to college. Today, however, vocational education is making a comeback.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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Momentum is finally building in the U.S. towards securing funding for vocational education initiatives. Good to see!


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Vocational Education Is Ready For A Comeback

Vocational Education Is Ready For A Comeback | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
A college education just doesn't guarantee a great job anymore.
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Another interesting article that presents compelling data on the importance of supporting vocational education in America.


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Find Your Career Path at a Community College - US News

Find Your Career Path at a Community College - US News | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
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courses in different fields and tapping the expertise of adjunct faculty can
help students discover a future career. (Are you currently reviewing college options and postsecondary educational programs?
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Adjunct faculty are definitely one of the biggest advantages that career colleges have over traditional schools. It's invaluable to learn a skill from someone who has actually used it in a professional setting.

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The Dues And Don'ts Of Obama's Attack On Career Colleges - Forbes

The Dues And Don'ts Of Obama's Attack On Career Colleges - Forbes | Vocational Education | Scoop.it

InterestThe Dues And Don'ts Of Obama's Attack On Career Colleges Forbes In 2012, Federal Judge Rudolph Contreras slapped down onerous regulations promulgated by the Obama Administration's Department of Education designed to cripple America's for-profit...

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I was aware that there had been a recent crackdown on for-profits, but hadn't heard this explanation for it. Interesting.


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Trade schools offer quicker route to gainful employment - Southeast Missourian

Southeast Missourian Trade schools offer quicker route to gainful employment Southeast Missourian From business to medical and salon training, trade schools in Cape Girardeau attract students who want to earn a degree quickly, so they can enter the...
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Good stuff. Although some schools have gotten into trouble for overstating their success in placing graduates in jobs, there is little doubt that vocational schools on the whole excel in this area.

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Computer Programming Is a Trade; Let's Act Like It - Wall Street Journal

Computer Programming Is a Trade; Let's Act Like It - Wall Street Journal | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal Computer Programming Is a Trade; Let's Act Like It Wall Street Journal Zach Sims, co-founder of Codecademy—which claims 24 million people world-wide have taken one of its courses—doesn't like to call his company a trade school,...
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Great article! It's interesting how the last decade has seen computer programming change from a field requiring a four-year university degree to one which is better filled by individuals with specialized vocational training.

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Vocational education and the challenge of youth unemployment ...

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Experts and stakeholders point to Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a way out. And it is in this respect that the federal government's reiteration for the need to prioritize vocational training and skills acquisition in ...
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Great read on how vocational education and training may provide a remedy to the global issue of youth unemployment.

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Degrees From For-Profit Colleges Equally Effective

Degrees From For-Profit Colleges Equally Effective | Vocational Education | Scoop.it
Earning a degree from a for-profit college doesn't help or hurt career prospects any more or less than getting one from a community college, new research suggests.
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As someone who has directly benefited from earning a degree at a for-profit institution, I wholeheartedly agree!

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