Educating Kids in the Jobs that will Keep U.S. Competitive - An Interview with Norm Augustine

1) Let's talk a bit about STEM in general. Why is it important, specifically as it relates to the kinds of jobs that are growing in Colorado and beyond? All the evidence I've collected convinces me that the future of this country pivots to a considerable degree on our prowess in STEM. Most the major problems are going to have to find the solutions to their problems through care, defense...

My second conclusion is we're losing ground to other countries, ... and we're going to be in trouble for it. Nationally, while a lot has been done, when it comes to standardized international tests, we're doing more poorly than we did years ago. The percentage of young people going into STEM — other countries are way past's not that we are getting worse; it's that everyone else is getting better. We are somewhere between stagnant and moving forward a small amount.
Norm Augustine

How To Recruit Your Next Generation Workforce - The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute developed a strategy to empower manufacturers to reach and inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue manufacturing and increase the talent pool of younger workers. It’s called the Ambassador program.

The Dream It. Do It. Ambassadors’ Kit, called VOICE: The Guide to Developing Manufacturing Ambassadors, provides manufacturers with everything they need to launch an Ambassador program and begin engaging students – this includes, launch support, how-to guides, marketing materials, sample communications and a glossary. Ambassador programs give manufacturers a low-cost, high impact engagement strategy to improve the talent supply within their community.
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Manufacturing Institute

Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma Connects CareerTech Schools with National Center for Construction Education and Research

Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed October as Careers in Construction Month in Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is highlighting both its training programs and opportunities in construction. Through 2022, the need for workers in all areas of construction is expected to grow: carpenters by 24 percent, bricklayers and masons by 36 percent, electricians by 20 percent, plumbers and pipefitters by 21 percent and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers by 21 percent. In addition, forecasters predict that Oklahoma will need almost 3,000 more construction laborers by 2022.

"Opportunities in construction aren’t just on the way, however; they are here now. More than 50 construction companies in Oklahoma say they are hiring workers in construction trades," said Allen Stolhand, trade and industrial education program specialist at ODCTE.

Chicago Public Schools Building Engineering Curriculum and Resources Through Corporate Sponsorships Aimed at Bolstering STEM Education

This year seven public high schools across Chicago are building up engineering curriculum and resources through corporate sponsorships aimed at bolstering the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pipeline. Partner companies, which include Paschen, James Dyson Foundation, Thornton Tomasetti, and HNTB, will work with schools to develop training, courses, and opportunities unique to each school's STEM needs. The hope is that by investing in students now, those kids will be able to build up the skills they will need for careers they will start in the future. 

Blending Learning Model Answers Challenging Questions in Rhode Island

How can we inspire students and engage them in assignments that tap their creativity? How can we allow students to move through lessons at their own pace and ensure that all students are being challenged? How can we offer students more choice and ownership of their learning? And how can we manage more frequent data collection to ensure that we are meeting student needs?

Post- It Brand Unveils New Study Emphasizing the Importance of STEM Education

The academic pillars of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which are referred to as STEM, infiltrate every aspect of our lives and reflect a whole new way of living — from TVs to GPS systems and smartphones. Today, Post-it Brand from 3M revealed results from a survey commissioned by the brand that sheds light on the value of STEM education in the United States, thus furthering the conversation around the need for student proficiency in these subjects. According to the study, parents of students ages 13 – 18 believe math and science are the subjects that will prepare students the most for the job market. However, nearly 70 percent of those parents surveyed admit they are not as prepared as they could be and state they frequently struggle to help their students with STEM-related homework.

Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center), in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and RTI International, recently released a professional learning module entitled “Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators.” The framework was developed as part of the Support for States Employability Standards in Career and Technical Education and Adult Education project, an OCTAE initiative. The framework development was guided by a group of career and technical education (CTE), adult education, workforce development, and business organizations.

These skills, which may be taught through the education and workforce development systems, fall into three broad categories: applied knowledge, effective relationships, and workplace skills.
Skills Framework

Companies Struggling to Recruit, Train Skilled Workers in New England

After being laid off from a sheet metal factory, Rob Pedrosa at age 32 returned to the classroom.Pedrosa lost his job in July of last year and couldn’t find another one. So the Beverly man signed up for training at the North Shore Career Center, where he hoped to pick up skills demanded by high-tech manufacturers who are struggling to find workers.

“The skills I had just weren’t transferable to electronics,” he said. “So I had to reinvent myself.” After seven months of electrical engineering classes at North Shore Community College, he landed a job with Krohne Inc. in Peabody, where he assembles components for water and sewer meters. With the economy rebounding, the job market is improving and employers across the state are hunting for new blood. But their jobs outmatch the skills of many prospective candidates — a gap that the state and businesses hope to fill with training and vocational programs.

KUKA Promotes Robotics in STEM Education

By creating an environment of hands-on learning, students are more likely to continue their education in a STEM field. There are five million job openings in the U.S. labor market, making it the best availability since 2001 – The Bureau of Labor Statistics Of these five million jobs, 15% were classified as tech related. Today, the United States is faced with a growing number of jobs that require STEM education background and a limited number of candidates to fill these positions.

In 2015, $100 million in federal grants were made available through White House initiative, TechHire. This supports a potential workforce by providing training and certification for those looking to enter a technical field or career. More and more high schools and universities across the country are implementing STEM education training, courses, and certification programs.
KUKA Robotics

Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

NPR interview: Lisa Dyson, CEO of Kiverdi, a sustainable oil and chemical company, discusses an early role model, her work and the need to boost technology education.

Share your personal story. How did you get into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)?
My cousin is a space engineer. She was my role model. I always loved math. She loved math too and applied it to building satellites as an electrical engineer, initially at Hughes Aircraft Co. So, early in my life, I decided I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I ended up becoming a physicist.
Dr. Lisa Dyson

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