Technical, Technology, STEM Education, September 14, 2017

 
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  • 50,361 Workforce Credentials Issued in Virginia During Fiscal Year 2017
  • Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Massachusetts CTE Approach Works -Widely Popular Among Students
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50,361 Workforce Credentials Issued in Virginia During Fiscal Year 2017

Virginia has achieved the goal set in Executive Order 23 - Establishing the New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative, which called for the annual production of 50,000 workforce credentials aligned with high paying jobs in  science, technology, engineering, math, and healthcare (STEM-H). The 50,361 STEM-H credentials awarded during fiscal year 2017 represent a 36-percent increase compared to fiscal year 2014, when the goal of 50,000 credentials per year was set. These credentials include: associate degrees, certificate programs, apprenticeships, certifications, licenses, and industry credentials.

 

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Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

unveils a framework for universities to train the next generation of creators, rather than laborers, by enhancing skills that are innately, and uniquely, human. The impetus for the book was a realization that robotics and artificial intelligence are advancing more rapidly than anyone predicted. Even scientists appear to be caught off-guard by the sudden and unprecedented capabilities of their creations. These technological advances have vast implications, especially for the future of work.

The author, and Northeastern University President, Joseph E. Aoun says, "Machines are smart and getting smarter." "More jobs are going to disappear and more will be created." "We need to meet these challenges."

His plan? Cultivate the best of what it means to be human. Aoun has proposed a new comprehensive curriculum bases on a

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Massachusetts CTE Approach Works - Widely Popular With Students

In Massachusetts 48,000 students are enrolled in vocational schools and vocational programs at traditional high schools, with an additional 3,200 more on waiting lists due to a shortage of available space for those who qualify for acceptance. At Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, which has approximately 850 students in grades 9 through 12, there were 511 applications for just 240 places in the class of 2021.

What is driving the popularity of vocational education - career and technical education (CTE) - in Massachusetts? How does today's vocational education differ from that of yesteryear? What is happening in the

 

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