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Lowe's Gives $1.5 Million to Support Career and Technical Education Programs Through Local SkillsUSA Chapters

Lowe's, the largest corporate donor in SkillsUSA history, has renewed its partnership with a $1.5 million commitment to the organization, bringing Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Fondation's total contributions to SkillsUSA to nearly $14 million since 2006.

The SkillsUSA Foundation will use the funds to help students and their technical skill instructors through several grant programs for SkillsUSA chapters and state associations. Local school grants will support local community service projects as well as state-level TeamWorks competitions. Lowe's will also support the SkillsUSA Championships, the nation's largest workforce development event and skill competition as well as student leadership development through the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program.

Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the 21st Century

After decades of off-shoring and downsizing that have left blue collar workers obsolete, the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance. We don't have a skilled labor pool to fill the positions that will be created, which are technically demanding and require specialized skills. A decades-long series of idealistic educational policies with the expressed goal of getting every student to go to college has left a generation of potential workers out of the system. Touted as a progressive, egalitarian institution providing opportunity even to those with the greatest need, the American secondary school system has deepened existing inequalities.

Reskilling America

"Coordinate With Business to Build Needed Job Skills" - Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller

In honor of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, I want to emphasize the importance of building high-quality CTE programs that focus on meeting the needs of the 21st century economy. We know that strong CTE programs require collaboration among secondary and postsecondary education institutions, employers, industry, and other partners, for example labor unions and trade organizations. We also must ensure that these programs provide students and workers with skills that are adaptable to the needs of local and regional economies.

Countries must work together to share best education practices.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told a crowd of 700 teachers from 70 countries in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday that countries must work together to share best education practices. People need to "resist the idea that international competition in education is somehow a zero sum game in which one nation's advance is another nation's loss," he said. "It is true that global job markets are much more competitive today than even a generation ago.

$500 Million in Grants to Community Colleges for Job Training and Workforce Development

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter today announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges around the country for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs.

Where The Jobs Are: Siemens To Fill Open Engineering Positions With College Training, Internships And Advanced Job Offers

Siemens USA is educating and training the Millennial Generation, those born between 1977 and 1998, to compete for talent in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. “Siemens has more than 3,000 open positions in the U.S., half of them engineering positions, and we will be hiring an additional 35 recruiters this year to find qualified candidates to fill them,” said Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation.

The New CTE

Secretary Duncan's Prepared Remarks at the Release of the “Pathways to Prosperity” Report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Pathways to Prosperity Project. Thank you for shining the spotlight on the critical field of career and technical education. The Pathways to Prosperity study envisions a new system of career and technical education that constitutes a radical departure from the vocational education of the past.

Grainger Steps Up To Help



Grainger Steps Up To Help

With baby boomers preparing to retire from the ranks of the skilled workforce, a growing number of labor experts are raising concerns there is a shortage of workers with the critical skills required to replace retirees. Recognizing the growing need, facility maintenance supplier Grainger today announced an almost fourfold increase in its technical education scholarship program from the original nine community colleges to 35 across the country.

Early Humans Used Woodworking Technology

Archaeologists have discovered the earliest evidence for woodworking yet. According to a report published in the April issue of the Journal of Human Evolution, 1.5-million-year-old stone tools belonging to Homo erectus sport telltale traces of acacia wood. The new finding predates the oldest known wooden implements by about a million years.

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