State Senate supports some algebra II exemptions in high school graduation requirements

GRAND RAPIDS -- High school students taking specialized career courses could soon be exempt from taking the state's required algebra II course -- provided algebra elements are added to their other classes. The state Senate unanimously approved Sen.

Two-diploma plan demeans Michigan's technical students

Some in Michigan insist that high school students in career and technical programs don't need to meet the state's new graduation requirements. This idea not only demeans the students, but puts their futures at risk.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has evolved into something vastly different from the wood shop or metal shop classes of the past. Yet, no matter what the name is, or how we've improved the standards, the perception of "vocational" education is that it is still for "those" kids who can't make it in regular high school.

Community colleges lobby to offer 4-year degrees

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan community colleges are challenging four-year universities for the right to offer bachelor's degrees, and if they succeed, would join more than a dozen states across the country that already allow such degrees.

The move is being opposed by Michigan's 15 public universities, which says it's a clear case of the colleges overstepping their missions. The bill expected to get a hearing this fall would let community colleges offer some four-year degrees.

Give community colleges their due

President Barack Obamadisappointed last week when he visited Michigan -- one of the states most battered by joblessness -- and said nothing about how to get people back to work.

Obama pledges $12B for community colleges

Text of President Barack Obama's speech

As released by the White House

Thank you all very much. It's great to be back at Macomb Community College. It was terrific visiting this campus as a candidate. But I have to tell you, it's even better coming back as a president.

ACE Mentor Program Still Aims for Growth in Changing Market

At the first-ever ACE Mentor Program national conference, more than 125 executives and participants were optimistic that the industry recruitment group could still meet ambitious growth goals for both students and sponsors even in an increasingly uncertain economy.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Announces Partnership with the Technology Student Association (TSA) and SkillsUSA

New Engineering Alliance to Leverage Best Practices in STEM Education to Attract More Young Students to Technology and Engineering

Secretary Duncan Announces Grant Competition to Retrain Displaced Workers, Help Rebuild America's Economy

Milwaukee — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the Milwaukee Area Technical College today to announce a $7 million special competitive grant to establish innovative and sustainable community college programs that prepare displaced workers for second careers. This first-of-its-kind grant program will be used to develop national models that can be replicated across the country, especially in communities where autoworkers have lost their jobs.

South Dakota school struggles with technology budget

According to a report by The Daily Republic of South Dakota, one candidate for the Mitchell school board is calling school laptop policy into question, citing the upcoming 2010-2011 budget crunch. The Daily Republick sent out a questionnaire to collect the candidates' reactions on topics  such as where budget cuts should be made and what is the greatest need of the district.

From the article:

In response to the question, "What is the next greatest pressing need for the school district," Neil Putnam said: 


Michigan focusing on developing battery industry

The Michigan Business Review yesterday interviewed Loch McCabe, founder of Ann Arbor-based Shepherd Advisors, one of Michigan's oldest renewable energy consulting firms and asked him what he thought about the state's focus on the battery industry. McCabe said he believes that electric power is going to become increasingly important in the drivetrain. 


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