EASTEC survey reveal: manufacturers want efficiency, work force development

The largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, EASTEC, played host to 700 manufacturers and conducted a survey to find what was on their minds. Of those surveyed, 90 percent listed work force training as an important issue. Good news for those working in the industry already or those seeking jobs. If you're currently employed, keep in mind the survey also found 80 percent focusing on continuous improvement in their existing work force.

Michigan's little Bavaria seeking $10,000 for student tech projects

There's more to learn about in Frankenmuth than Fudge and Gnomes, Frankenmuth School District Superintendent Mary Anne Ackerman thinks. The district is applying for a $10,000 grant from the Grosse Pointe, Mich.-based Convergence Education Foundation to provide funding for a student project to construct an electric vehicle.

Ohio unemployed packing classrooms this spring

Displaced workers in Ohio are turning out in record-breaking numbers, reports the Mansfield News Journal. The workers are seeking to bolster their existing skillsets or learn new skills for the increasingly-competitive workplace. At an unemployement rate of 12.9 percent, Richland county officials believe it's the highest in 25 years.

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DTE to generate 10 percent with renewable sources, wind power by 2015

Michigan's newly-enacted Renewable Portfolio Standard requires DTE Energy to obtain 10 percent of its total energy output from renewable sources, says Scott Simons, spokesman for DTE Energy in a report on modeldmedia.com on Monday. Some 1,200 megawatts which Simons says will be mainly generated by wind turbines erected on the coast in such places as huron county in the thumb of Michigan.

New program gives soldiers vocational education opportunity

We've been talking about young adults and middle school students enrolling in the vocational programs popping up at schools around the country for the last week, but that doesn't mean there aren't still opportunities for adults. Specifically, active duty soldiers in the army can take advantage of a new vocational education program being launched immediately.

High School students take advantage of early start on technical education

More kids are getting the jump on their careers in middle and High school, taking technical education classes offered by their schools. Take Thomas Lane, ninth-grader, who is learning about welding at the Florence Freshman Center in Alabama. The Times Daily reports: "My parents didn't like the idea of me taking (career tech) courses when I started a couple of years ago, but I really got into the welding and I just enjoy doing it.

Alternative energy transition won't be as smooth as advertised

We know that we need alternatives to coal and other fossil fuels, so what's the holdup? The U.S. News and World Report says a myriad of issues make what is assumed to be a gradual transition into something a little bit more complicated.
One thing holding up energy companies is an unwillingness by our legislators to commit to sweeping national policy.
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DOE accepting applications for $400 electric vehicle pie

The Department of Energy has allotted $400 million to development, demonstration, evaluation and education projects in electric vehicle technology. Applications are being accepted starting today and the due date is May 13. But that's not all.

The Washington Business Journal reports:


Career day gives PNNL students real-world look at job avenues

At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's career day, students saw firsthand what real-world techniques and machines their classroom experience are teaching them to utilize, Thursday. This valuable experience may help them to decide upon secondary or vocational education after high school.

The welders were also happy to meet potential future co-workers. From the Tri-City Herald:

Welding, by Stock.xchng

Airmen seeking CCAF degree may find new program helpful

For students on the go, it can be hard to keep to a course schedule at the local community college. To help alleviate this issue, the Community College of the Air Force will begin offering summer courses through the General Education Mobile program. Targeted at airmen working toward a CCAF associate degree, the program partners with community colleges to provide online courses accessible to traveling students.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports:

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