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Higher ed must not leave working families behind –

Higher ed must not leave working families behind – | STEM Education | Scoop.it
nearly three-quarters of them are working either full- or part-time.
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Nearly three-quarters of community college students are working either full- or part-time. If 14 is the new 12 we need to make 13-14 more affordable, flexible and accessible to working students.

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Survey finds increasing interest in skills-based hiring, online credentials and prehire assessments

Survey finds increasing interest in skills-based hiring, online credentials and prehire assessments | STEM Education | Scoop.it
College credentials still loom large in hiring. But a new survey of HR leaders finds growing interest in skills-based hiring, online microcredentials and prehire assessments.
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Credential programs need to have work-integrated learning and curriculum that is  industry-aligned and employer-validated if the credentials are going to be valued by HR managers.

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Southwest Washington High Tech Council targets education

Southwest Washington High Tech Council targets education | STEM Education | Scoop.it
When it formed, the Southwest Washington High Tech Council seemed to have two goals in mind: Improving transportation and grabbing a megaphone.
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How Aligned is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets?

How Aligned is Career and Technical Education to Local Labor Markets? | STEM Education | Scoop.it
it’s more imperative than ever that the local business, postsecondary, and K–12 education sectors join hands to strengthen the connection between high school CTE programs and the local job market.
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Are your CTE programs aligned to the high wage high demand careers in your region. This research suggests that they may not be.

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The Achievement Gap Fails to Close: Half century of testing shows persistent divide between haves and have-nots

The Achievement Gap Fails to Close: Half century of testing shows persistent divide between haves and have-nots | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Half century of testing shows persistent divide between haves and have-nots
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After 50 years I think it is time to rethink our policies and strategies in closing the opportunity gap.

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America’s educational system is an ‘aristocracy posing as a meritocracy’

America’s educational system is an ‘aristocracy posing as a meritocracy’ | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Low-income kindergartners with high test scores are less likely to become well-off young adults than their higher income-peers with low test scores
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The US education system promotes working hard, getting good grades and passing test as the pathway out of poverty. I am not sure that is accurate based on this report.

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Upskilling and Downsizing in American Manufacturing

Upskilling and Downsizing in American Manufacturing | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Despite the decline in the manufacturing, it is still the largest provider of good jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree in 35 states.
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Manufacturing is still one the few professions where you can earn a living wage at any education attainment level. We need to create more awareness of these career opportunities to our youth so students with the interest and aptitude for manufacturing can find this path.

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Business Focus: How will Career Connect WA impact our state’s manufacturing companies?

Business Focus: How will Career Connect WA impact our state’s manufacturing companies? | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Silicon Forest Electronics shared their involvement in developing the next generation of workers By Jennifer Ferrero, APR Jay Schmidt’s journey of fostering future employees for Silicon Forest Electronics started about 10 years ago. “We share a property line with Fort Vancouver High School,” said Schmidt. Back when he started working at Silicon Forest Electronics, their …
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At Vancouver science fair, students tackle real-world problems

At Vancouver science fair, students tackle real-world problems | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Thought pieces tell us Generation Z will change the world. Local science fairs can give us clues as to how they’ll do it.
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nPower Girls

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Learn how nPower Girls cultivates girls’ achievement and interest in STEM subjects and careers by targeting rural, isolated, or high-needs school districts.
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Students learn about high demand for skilled labor

Students learn about high demand for skilled labor | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Eric Renner knew his audience, so he got right to the point.
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How Faster + Cheaper Alternatives Will Replace Most of HigherEd

How Faster + Cheaper Alternatives Will Replace Most of HigherEd | STEM Education | Scoop.it
While everything else is becoming faster and cheaper in the world, education is not. Tom shares insights on Ryan Craig's new book, A New U.
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Longview students learn construction at McMenamins site | Local | tdn.com

Longview students learn construction at McMenamins site | Local | tdn.com | STEM Education | Scoop.it
KALAMA — Twenty R.A. Long and Mark Morris high school students received insider treatment Tuesday afternoon, getting a glimpse of the new Kalama McMenamins location to build their interest in
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Skills to learn for the future of work, according to WEF —

Skills to learn for the future of work, according to WEF — | STEM Education | Scoop.it
The list of growing and declining skills suggests how to stay relevant in the new economy.
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Interesting article regarding skills for the future. It seems like our education system is still being held accountable to the declining skills via standardized testing. Is it time to rethink how we assess and evaluate college and career readiness?

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A decade of new insights on college, training, jobs

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Great interview with Tony Carnvale regarding equity, CTE and workforce development. We need to make sure we do not repeat the mistakes from the past as we reform our education and workforce systems to prepare our youth for the careers of the 21st century.

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Drexel University BrandVoice: Relevance Rules: Students In The Workplace Keep Industry And Academia On The Cutting Edge

Drexel University BrandVoice: Relevance Rules: Students In The Workplace Keep Industry And Academia On The Cutting Edge | STEM Education | Scoop.it
By collaborating with businesses, colleges and universities can deliver on the promise of relevance for career-minded students. From co-ops and internships to mentoring and research opportunities, such partnerships can also invigorate campus programs and bring value to firms.
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Work-based Learning experiences such as co-ops, internships and apprenticeships are a win, win, win for students, employers and institutions of higher education!

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How Community Colleges Can Establish Better Partnerships with Employers | RAND

How Community Colleges Can Establish Better Partnerships with Employers | RAND | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Career and technical education programs give students a chance to engage in learning relevant to their chosen fields and apply immediately for jobs. A strategic vision of collaboration between industry and community colleges can be of great benefit to all parties involved.
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Nice article on the challenges and opportunities in building business/education partnerships. We need to move beyond industry advisory committees to true partnerships.

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Are short-term credentials really the best thing since sliced bread?

Are short-term credentials really the best thing since sliced bread? | STEM Education | Scoop.it
The accelerating pace of workplace change raises the specter that formal degrees no longer meet workplace demands and might not be providing the skills and competencies that employers require and workers need. This sense of urgency has shined the spotlight on short-term credentials. Short-term credentials—such as certifications, certificates, and badges—appear attractive because they purport to capture the training necessary for …
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Interesting article regarding short-term credentials. These credentials are great for upskilling an already skilled workforce but the "overwhelming majority of workers with certifications also have traditional postsecondary degrees."

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More employers turning to apprenticeships to build talent pipeline

More employers turning to apprenticeships to build talent pipeline | STEM Education | Scoop.it
A majority of adults believe such a program has a better chance of landing them a job than does a four-year degree, one recent report found.
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As the "Silver Tsunam" grows employer led apprenticeships are a great way for the baby boomer generation to pass on the skills and knowledge to the next generation workforce.

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Better Public Schools Won’t Fix Income Inequality

Better Public Schools Won’t Fix Income Inequality | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first.
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Great Article! Income inequality is the source of our  achievement gap not poor quality schooling. If we want to solve this problem we need to invest in affordable housing, quality preschool for all and quality healthcare for all.

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Hayes Freedom students get to work

Hayes Freedom students get to work | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Hayes Freedom High School senior Mitch McKowan couldn’t figure it out, and he couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t figure it out.
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Vancouver entrepreneur develops learning software

Vancouver entrepreneur develops learning software | STEM Education | Scoop.it
When Amey Laud came to Vancouver, he noticed a big problem in modern classrooms - they hadn’t kept up with advancing technology. That’s because a big
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Good Jobs That Pay without a BA

Convinced that not enough is known about the transformation of the non-BA economy or about how workers without BAs can leverage economic opportunity, we explore the job market for these workers and focus on good jobs which are shown to have median earnings of $55,000.
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Great report from Georgetown CEW. We need to make sure our education system creates pathways to these careers!

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What’s More Valuable, an Occupational License or an Associate Degree? New Evidence Indicates Both Are Better Than One

What’s More Valuable, an Occupational License or an Associate Degree? New Evidence Indicates Both Are Better Than One | STEM Education | Scoop.it
Thomas Bailey and Clive Belfield describe findings from their just-released CCRC working paper, The Impact of Occupational Licensing on Labor Market Outcomes of College-Educated Workers, which examines the interactions of licenses and degrees.
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Great article by @CommunityCCRC discussing the value of both degrees and occupational licences.

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