Technical, Technology, STEM Education, January, 2018

 

 

 
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  • Career and Technical Education Center to Provide High-Demand Workforce Training to High School Students
  • Caterpillar Partners to Strengthen STEM Pipeline, Drive Innovation in the Workforce
  • Students Career Ambitions Shaped by Television, Movies and YouTube
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Career and Technical Education Center to Provide High-Demand Workforce Training to High School Students

The Career and Technical Education Center will enable Baton Rouge area high school juniors and seniors to get workforce training in high-demand jobs while also pursuing their high school diploma. It will address two challenges: the lack of skilled workers needed to fill positions at local companies and plants and the gap between young people and well-paying jobs. The center will offer high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn a diploma from their regular high school while also receiving workforce training and industry certification in high-demand fields. The dual-enrollment facility is a proverbial win-win for the community and promises to put a dent in one of the area's most pressing challenges. 

 

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Caterpillar Partners to Strengthen STEM Pipeline, Drive Innovation in the Workforce 

"Through the companies dedication to building a STEM pipeline, Caterpillar has a long history of supporting FIRST by providing team sponsorship's and valuable mentor-ships from employee volunteers," said FIRST President Donald E. Bossi. "FIRST is proud to call Caterpillar a strategic partner in our mission to inspire young people to become innovators, leaders, and creative problem solvers. Together, we can help even more students gain both the STEM and soft skills they need to achieve successful careers in the 21st century."

Caterpillar began supporting FIRST in 2005 by sponsoring 10 FIRST teams near the companies headquarters in Peoria, IL. That year, more than 50 employees volunteered more than

 

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Students Career Ambitions Shaped by Television, Movies and YouTube

A joint study by the New York Life Insurance Company and Fatherly- an online parenting resource for men- surveyed over 1000 kids under the age of 12 in hopes of understanding their career ambitions as well as the motivations behind them. The study found that the most desired job for children in the U.S. is doctor, followed by veterinarian, though both professions inspired significantly more interest from young girls than boys. The next most desired jobs, police officer and firefighter were primarily chosen by boys. The fifth most sought-after career was scientist, which saw nearly equal interest from both.

Overall, 56.6 percent of those that aspired to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers were girls.

"In many respects this report is a lens into how we are raising our kids," said Fatherly co-founder and chief content officer, Simon Issacs. "What it shows, from my perspective, is a significant exposure gap on both sides. We're exposing girls to very different things that we are exposing boys to, and vice versa."

 

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