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Big Lake High School students learn there is no one path to success

Big Lake Schools 3rd Annual Youth Apprenticeship and Career Fair exposed over 1,400 students in grades 5, 8 and 9-12 to career possibilities that do not require the traditional four-year degree. Held on September 20, the event hosted 38 partners ranging from local manufacturing businesses to health care companies to branches of the U.S. Military....

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Which training programs for skilled workers perform best?

Minnesota employers in manufacturing and the trades continue to grapple with daunting workforce challenges. For example, while the construction industry in our state grew 20 percent from 2014 to 2018, the labor force grew only 2.8 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to Sean O’Neil of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. A recent Star Tribune article assessed the kinds of training programs that are most effectively preparing new workers to replace retiring, highly skilled Baby-boomers....

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Technicians and ‘One of the Greatest Scientific Achievements of the 21st Century’

As part of Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, I’ve reviewed a lot of reports in recent years that blur into each other about why and how we must do much better as a nation in one technical workforce area or some other.  This the case lest we seriously harm ourselves scientifically, technologically, and economically.  I intend no disrespect by acknowledging cloudiness, as the shortcomings cited each time are consequential and worrisome, and the scholars and officials addressing them distinguished....

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High school auto mechanic internship program prepares students for future careers

Philadelphia's Office of Fleet Management is in charge of keeping city vehicles available, dependable, and safe. Its internship program, started in 1993, employs students who are enrolled in auto mechanic programs at local high schools to repair and maintain the city’s fleet of automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles....

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Twenty Presidential Scholars, More than Technically Speaking

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVoss, three months ago in May, named 121 high school students “Presidential Scholars.” Excellent. Though unbeknownst to me at the time (probably my own fault it wasn’t knownst), 20 of the students were cited because of their stellar performance in Career and Technical Education....

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Google’s College Search Feature Only Covers Four-Year Colleges

Google’s new college search feature launched last year to help “navigate the college search process.” Admissions, cost, majors, and graduation data are available in user-friendly formats to help prospective students find a college that meets their needs. But there is a major blind spot in the feature, according to the American Enterprise Institute: it only covers traditional four-year colleges....

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