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Photo by Saulo Mohana on Unsplash Preparing students to enter the workforce is more challenging than ever. The U.S. Department of Labor has reported in its JOLTS review that there are 11.3 million job openings across the country, and there is still a growing demand for workers seen in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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2022 brings many opportunities to make an impact on learning outcomes. Keep reading to explore a few of the current priorities that have the attention of many districts this year. And, learn some ways you can use simulation in these areas to elevate your Health Sciences program. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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Editor’s Note: This article is intended to share an example of the efforts that one ACTE partner is taking to positively address issues of inclusion, access, equity, and diversity. ACTE celebrates these efforts and the ongoing support for IAED in CTE. Introducing the Pearson Race & Ethnicity Diversity, Equity and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2021 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Our nation was experiencing critical workforce shortages before COVID-19, and large numbers of workers in low-wage jobs were struggling to improve their financial outcomes. According to The Conference Board Labor Shortage Solutions Survey, 85% of companies in “mostly blue-collar industries” reported recruiting difficulties, and 64% of companies in “mostly white-collar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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Editors Note: While this post documents events in the past, the experience and impact of company's efforts to connect with the educational system oftentimes extends far beyond dates of specific activities. ACTE celebrates the continued efforts of companies such as Rhinestahl to build and nurture such partnerships. Part II: Celebrating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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Editors Note: While this post documents events in the past, the experience and impact of company's efforts to connect with the educational system oftentimes extends far beyond dates of specific activities. ACTE celebrates the continued efforts of companies such as Rhinestahl to build and nurture such partnerships. Celebrating Manufacturing Month... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Last month, Chmura Economics attended our first ACTE CareerTech VISION conference. We were blow away by one of the best conference experiences we have ever had. What made our VISION experience so special were the educators who attended. We could not believe the enthusiasm and curiosity of everyone we met.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Future Teachers of America (FTA) was established in 1936 by the National Education Association. Today, the organization is called Educators Rising and housed under Phi Delta Kappa International. At first, Future Teachers of America clubs functioned as substitute-reserves for local school districts (yes, high schoolers would assume a substitute role... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
By this point, we are all living in a Perkins V world. Here at Chmura, much of our focus has been on how we can help educators with our unparalleled local labor market data and with a positive, productive experience with the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA). We support colleges... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
No academic discipline is more centered around a student’s future career prospects than CTE, so labor market data is essential to a CTE educator’s success. One cannot help a student pick the right career without first knowing the shape of the workforce that student will enter. Yet the world of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Last month, we introduced a Western Wisconsin CTE program whose shift towards project-based learning led to the development of a Fab Lab – and in turn, increased student engagement across all grade levels. Below, we continue the article with discussion of the industry partnerships that are helping keep the program... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Written by: Timm Boettcher, Realityworks, Inc. Timm Boettcher is the President and CEO of Realityworks, Inc., an education company that creates innovative learning tools for skills training. Passionate about the benefits of education-industry collaboration, Timm also chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition, serves on the Board of Directors for Association... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
There is a widely used cross-cultural simulation called BaFa BaFa in which participants are randomly assigned to be touchy-feely go with the flow alphas or organized, rule oriented betas. Within an hour, you can see people taking on the attributes of their assigned culture and even feeling unnerved when sent... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
In January, five community programs throughout the state of Minnesota were awarded $95,000 in grant funding to develop and implement paid learning opportunities for 16- and 17-year-old students. The funding came from the Youth Skills Training Program at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (YST@DLI), which was created in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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One of the biggest challenges facing today’s workforce is the technical skills gap, partly created by a lack of accessible education opportunities for young professionals. To combat this challenge, Bridgestone and Firestone Complete Auto Care in collaboration with United Way of Summit County and Akron Public Schools (APS) developed the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
In Beaufort County, North Carolina, programmers are in high demand. Job forecasts conducted by local workforce development boards show a 94% growth rate for programming jobs among 27 eastern NC counties from 2016-2021; programming skills, along with tooling, machine and drone operation skills, have been among the most in-demand job... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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Under the leadership of Butler Tech Colerain High School Precision Machining Instructor Dave Fox, Business and Industry came together at his Business Advisory Committee meeting. Several of these meetings are held each year to assist with program growth and innovative guidance. This particular meeting placed Butler Tech at the forefront... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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Operating in the Aldine Independent School District (ISD) in Houston, Texas, the Dr. Archie L. Blanson Career and Technical Education High School is a modern, state-of-the-art facility offering 17 different career and technical education programs teaching skills needed in Houston and across Texas. “The programs at Blanson CTE High School... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
For Career & Technical Education programs to succeed, collaboration between business and education must occur. As President & CEO of Realityworks, Inc, I’ve seen firsthand the impact of successful partnerships: Not only do students learn valuable academic, technical and employability skills, but they do so through relevant, workforce-driven programs that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
As students settle in for their midterms, many are considering their career pathways in the courses they’re taking and are likely headed home to conversations about their futures. What career are they interested in pursuing? Given that career field and the related occupations, what would be the best post-secondary path... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
For 40 over years, Butler Tech (BT), Fairfield Township, Ohio, has been educating students in career tech education. For over 50 years, Rhinestahl AMG has been manufacturing high tolerance parts for aviation, space, defense and transportation industries. In 2016, they came together to start to close the skill gap in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Growing faster than the average for all occupations, culinary arts jobs are projected to grow 10 percent starting from 2016-2026. So, what has caused the recent demand for skilled labor in culinary arts careers? First and foremost, people like to eat. The other, less obvious reason is that many chefs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
Today’s manufacturing industry will have you believing you’re a part of The Jetsons’ futuristic life. The Falcon 9 Rocket launched seven satellites at the same time, GE will build engines with 3D printed parts, and SpaceX Hyperloop pods will take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 45 minutes.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog
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Wake up at 4:45 a.m.; arrive at PT (physical training) at 5:45 a.m.; get to first class by 8:00 a.m. Stop by the ROTC office during break; knock out some homework. Hang with friends after class and get ready for tomorrow’s activities. This is just a glimpse into the typical... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at ACTE's Industry Connect Blog