Technical, Technology, STEM Education, April 2017

 
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In this issue

  • Work in the Automation Age: Sustainable Careers Today and Into the Future 
  • Makin' the MAKERSPACE
  • States Want More Career and Technical Training, but Struggle to Find Teachers
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Work in the Automation Age: Sustainable Careers Today and Into the Future

80% of manufacturers report a shortage of qualified applicants for skilled production positions, and the shortage could cost U.S. manufacturers 11% of their annual earnings. Manufacturing executives reported an average of 94 days to recruit engineering and research employees and 70 days to recruit skilled production workers. The skills gap is driving up what are already above average wages and benefits in U.S. manufacturing. Studies show an increasing skills gap with as many as two million jobs going unfilled in the manufacturing industry alone in the next decade.

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) explores the impact on

 

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Makin' the MAKERSPACE

There is a tremendous buzz lately about setting up a makerspace. Thankfully, educators, policy makers (for some reason they are not all one in the same?) administrators and the education community in general are realizing that in order to really cultivate metacognition and real-world skills, we need hands-on, project based learning. Object-based learning is making a comeback, and teachers are connecting lessons back to the industry, creating a more vocational education. A big part of this movement towards

 

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States Want More Career and Technical Training, but Struggle to Find Teachers

Many Minnesota employers say they can't find skilled workers with the right career training. Meanwhile, high schools are cutting career and technical education courses because they can't find qualified teachers. "The jobs are there, and we're not preparing our kids well enough to get into those jobs because the system has not allowed us to," said Stephen Jones, the superintendent of schools in Little Falls, Minnesota. His district hasn't had to cancel any courses for lack of instructors, but he says smaller districts in the state have. 

Two-thirds of states are currently reporting a shortage of CTE teachers in at 

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