Items of Interest in CTE and Workforce Development

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Items of Interest in CTE and Workforce Development

The Gender Gap in Tech and How to Fix It
Published by the Women Tech Council. From the Welcome: "[H]aving women in technology has direct economic impacts. Companies with women on teams and in leadership positions alongside their male counterparts see higher productivity and profitability, including revenue and profit, and increased overall collective intelligence. But attracting and retaining talented, qualified women requires more than broader recruiting efforts or competitive pay. This research was commissioned to specifically identify the areas that are making real impact in creating and accelerating diverse and inclusive workforces for women in technology companies with the goal of enabling all organizations to adopt and implement these behaviors."

Universities Are Expanding Cybersecurity Education to Meet Broad Demand
Betsy Foresman, EDSCOOP, July 26, 2019. "The cybersecurity needs of organizations are becoming more interdisciplinary and, according to experts, so are the educational programs that prepare students for careers in the emerging field."

What Every Educator Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence
Alyson Klein, Education Week, July 25, 2019. "C3PO from Star Wars. HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Terminator. And now Apple’s SIRI and Amazon’s Alexa. Artificial Intelligence has always been part of our collective imagination. But it’s now becoming part of our everyday lives. . . . It’s too early to say how much of [the hype] will end up bearing out. But it’s a good idea for educators to get familiar with AI, whether they are the chief technology officer of a large urban district or a 1st grade teacher in a rural community."

Why Tech Has a Shortage of Skilled Workers, and How to Fix This
Christine McDonnell, EDTECH DIGEST, January 16. 2019. "A massive skills gap in the technology industry is making it very difficult for companies who need workers. . . . [R]esearch from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that by 2020, there will be a million more jobs available in computing than qualified applicants who can fill those roles."

National Robotics Week, April 4-12, 2020
"National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is a series of grassroots events and activities during the month of April aimed at increasing public awareness of the strength and importance of the U.S. robotics industry and of the tremendous social and cultural impact that robotics will have on the future. Activities come in all shapes and sizes from a robot block party [to a] university open house, or a robotics competition. The mission of RoboWeek is simple — to inspire students in STEM-related fields and to share the excitement of robotics with audiences of all ages. Celebrate RoboWeek by hosting an event in your community, sponsoring or attending a local event, or spreading the word on social media."

The Changing Nature of Work
World Bank Group, 2019. From the Foreword: "'Machines are coming to take our jobs' has been a concern for hundreds of years—at least since the industrialization of weaving in the early 18th century, which raised productivity and also fears that thousands of workers would be thrown out on the streets. Innovation and technological progress have caused disruption, but they have created more prosperity than they have destroyed. Yet today, we are riding a new wave of uncertainty as the pace of innovation continues to accelerate and technology affects every part of our lives."

Why the High-Achievers Have Moved to "Shop" Class
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, May 1, 2019. "A new breed of students has flooded into career-technical education, and they’re transforming a slice of the K-12 world that’s long suffered from stigma and disrespect."

Is Career and Technical Education Good News or Bad?
Peter Greene, Forbes, Mar 10, 2019. "[It] is finally occurring to some folks that A) college is not necessarily the best choice for all students and B) the world needs people who do what Mike Rowe always called the jobs 'that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.'"

Advice for the Next Generation of Women in STEM
Moira Forbes, Forbes, March 29, 2019. "As women remain dramatically underrepresented across all STEM studies and careers, how do we make strides to close the gender gap and fuel the next generation of female innovators? At a time when technology continues to transform the way we live, work and learn, the need to close the STEM gender gap is more critical than ever."

Controlling a Career in Robotics
Grace Chen, Community College Review, March 12, 2019. "Robotics is an exciting, dynamic field that utilizes robots in a variety of industries. Today, robots can be used in manufacturing, transportation, safety research, mass production, and even surgery. This field offers a wide range of employment opportunities to those who are properly qualified to work in robotics. Fortunately, many community colleges are now recognizing the importance of this field of study and providing their own programs in robotics to train students for a lucrative career in the industry."

The Employer Perspectives Study: Insights on How to Build and Maintain Strong Employer-College Partnerships
Prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor by Abt Associates and the Urban Institute in partnership with Capital Research Corporation and the George Washington University (October 2018). From the executive summary: "The Employer Perspectives Study describes strong employer-community college partnerships. It draws insights from employers identified by colleges as partners that have contributed to their programs. [The research team] interviewed 41 employers to better understand their perspective of what constitutes a strong partnership with a college. In doing so, the study provides community colleges, future grantees of federal workforce initiatives including other training providers and the public workforce system, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and other policymakers, and other stakeholders with insights about how to approach, build, and sustain strong partnerships with business."

4 Career Connections to Help Get More Girls in STEM
Laura Ascione, Managing Editor, eSchool News, April 4, 2019. "Representation matters everywhere, and nowhere is it more important than in the workforce. As the U.S. faces a shortage of STEM workers, female STEM workers are particularly underrepresented. But to get girls in STEM, they have to see themselves in the field."

Blockchain’s Potential for Education
Sara Friedman, THE Journal: Transforming Education Through Technology, March 28, 2019. "At the fundamental level, blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology that allows parties to share information with each other through a controlled system that manages transactions. In the education space, the technology has the potential to revolutionize how school districts share and maintain data, but the technology hasn’t trickled down to the K-12 environment yet."

NCSES 2019 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities Report Goes Live
"The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) has released its 2019 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, which provides detailed information about participation levels in science and engineering (S&E) education and employment."

Here's How We Can Tackle the Growing Cybersecurity Skills Gap
Ken Xie, CEO, Fortinet, Jan 23, 2019. "More organizations than ever are conducting business online. An expanding digital footprint and increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks have created a growing urgency to secure that data and the resources organizations are deploying." (Published by the World Economic Forum.)

High School-to-College Transition Courses: A Typology of Design Choices
Published December 1, 2018, by the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. High schools across the country are offering transition curricula designed to address knowledge and skill deficits so that students can be college ready without remedial education. This publication provides an overview of prior work to help educators develop transition courses. Researchers at the Community College Research Center conducted interviews with key stakeholders in 12 randomly selected states in which transition courses have been developed and are offered. The author describes design options with respect to course purpose, content, delivery, and other factors and provides the rationale for choices made in particular states.

February Is CTE Month®
In February the CTE community recognizes CTE Month® to highlight the role of CTE in preparing students for careers and college.

What's Driving STEM Education in 2019? Emerging Trends on the Road Ahead
Andrew B. Raupp, medium.com, December 1, 2018. "Many thought leaders in the educational community remain excited and forward-thinking about the future of STEM and, increasingly, STEM initiatives are happening via global collaborations that reach far beyond political borders."

Get Ready for the "New-Collar" Workforce, Where Training Can Trump the Traditional Degree
Leigh Guidry, USA Today, December 5, 2018. "Hundreds of thousands of tech industry jobs are going unfilled, and companies are realizing that universities aren't the only places they'll find qualified workers."

The OECD Skills for Jobs Database 2018
Annelore Verhagen, October 22, 2018. "The launch of the new OECD Skills for Jobs database is accompanied by a brand-new webpage (www.oecdskillsforjobsdatabase.org) to make access to the OECD Skills for Jobs database easier and more user-friendly for all audiences."

First-Generation Students College Access, Persistence, and Postbachelor’s Outcomes (U.S. Dept. of Education STATS IN BRIEF, Feb 2018, NCES 2018-421). Among other findings, the report notes that “three years after first enrolling, comparatively more first-generation students who began postsecondary education in 2003–04 had left postsecondary education without earning a postsecondary credential (33 percent) than had their continuing-generation peers whose parents attended some college (26 percent) and whose parents earned a bachelor’s degree (14 percent).”

A recent study titled Gender Equity in College Majors: Looking Beyond the STEM/Non-STEM Dichotomy for Answers Regarding Female Participation suggests that women often choose their college major based on perceived gender bias again women in those majors. “Results suggest the need to incorporate major-level traits in research on gender gaps in college major choices and the need to recognize the impact of perceptions of potential gender discrimination on college major choices.”

In Demand: Clean Energy, Sustainability and the New American Workforce, a recent report by EDF Climate Corps, “details the status and growth of clean energy and sustainability jobs in the U.S., highlighting quality jobs in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative vehicles, and energy storage and advanced grid sectors. Additionally, the report discusses the role of businesses and government entities as catalysts for the clean energy economy. Individuals working in these sectors are featured throughout.”

Nudging to STEM Success, a joint project of Jobs for the Future and Persistence Plus, uses mobile technology to increase community college completion, especially among STEM students. Students receive "nudges" via text messages to help them deal with the challenges of college, succeed in STEM studies, and progress toward college graduation.

IBM CEO President Ginni Rometty's Open Letter promotes training for "new collar" jobs, in which skills are more important than degrees.

Opportunities for Connecting Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students and Apprenticeship Programs. This report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and prepared by Advance CTE with support from Jobs for the Future, Vivayic, and RTI International, profiles eight secondary apprenticeship programs to identify strategies for connecting CTE with apprenticeship programs. The report classifies each program as either an apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship and maps each by the degree of instructional alignment and program articulation.

TeachingTechnicians.org delivers resources, strategies, and models for improving and expanding technician education programs. The website contains curriculum, professional development materials, videos, and a large one-of-a-kind research publication collection specific to technician education. National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF/ATE) projects can post their events on this site 24/7. TeachingTechnicians.org provides faculty development opportunities for teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Texas Education Agency has developed a work-based learning course titled CTE Work-Based Learning. This course introduces basic laws, rules, and procedures relevant to teaching career and technical education (CTE) courses that involve work-based learning (WBL) at the secondary school level in Texas. Because state and federal laws change frequently, this course also explains how to find current laws, rules, and guidelines related to WBL.

Germany’s Dual Vocational Training System: A Model for Other Countries? A study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Connecting Community Colleges with Employers: A Toolkit for Building Successful Partnerships (July 2017), a new toolkit by Elizabeth Mann

State Directors and State Leaders Campaign Mobilization Roadmap. Published by educateandelevate.org.

CTE on the Frontier: Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality. This brief, the first in a series on rural CTE access and quality, explores strategies states can use to improve the quality of local CTE programs to meet industry and student needs.

Millennial Women Have Yet to Recover from the Great Recession is a new fact sheet that looks at young women of different age brackets by race and ethnicity.

EdgeFactor and Manufacturing Day. Based on Edge Factor films and TV shows, eduFACTOR empowers you with tools to make learning relevant, engage students, reach parents and make your events sizzle. From STEAM and CTE, to careers and advanced manufacturing, eduFACTOR equips you to spark your audience’s imagination. The Rock MFG Day Kit is a turnkey package of media and interactive resources that you can use to host and enhance your Manufacturing Day event!

2017 US Perception of The Manufacturing Industry. Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute’s sixth U.S. public opinion snapshot of manufacturing.

America’s Advanced Industries: What They Are, Where They Are, and Why They Matter. Published by the Brookings Institution.

Implementation of a Work-based Learning Model for High School Students in Northeast Ohio: A Working Guide. Published by The Manufacturing Institute.

Marketing and Outreach to Business on Apprenticeship. Published by WorkforceGPS.

Global Competence Through CTE Toolkit. A free professional development course and toolkit was released to help educators address a critical imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. Created by the Center for Global Education in partnership with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE and supported through the generosity of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), “Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education” is a customizable, 10-12 hour, online course and toolkit for middle and secondary school CTE teachers.

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