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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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Europe’s lesson for America on the talent gap: Hire older workers

Europe, which faces an even more serious workforce shortfall than the U.S. does, is discovering a new source of talent: workers over age 55. A recent Wall Street Journal article profiled Spanish entrepreneur Kim Diaz, who decided to hire only workers aged 50 and above when he opened a restaurant in Barcelona four years ago....

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Tips to ‘Remedy’ Construction Labor Shortage

There is real concern over the potential impacts the labor shortage could have on the construction industry. But there are six tips companies can take to “remedy” the construction labor shortage and help “avoid the strain” it brings, according to Ground Break Carolinas. Has your company come up with other solutions to tackle the shortage that we can highlight? Let us know! Email info@AmericanExperiment.org with “Great Jobs” in the subject line....

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Should Tracking Be Back on Track?

In a recent interview, the CEO of Snap-On, Nicholas Pinchuk, talked about how robots are less of a threat to employment in manufacturing than are views held by many Americans about how blue-collar jobs are beneath them. Without ever mentioning the word “tracking,” he spoke approvingly of the idea as a possible remedy, as in: “They really guide people in other countries. We don’t do that.” (My emphasis.) Perhaps the key reason tracking doesn’t show up anywhere in the article is that it’s been one of the dirtiest words in K-12 education for decades. But should it any longer? ...

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Where Do Phones Come From? A Manufactured Fact of Life

The National Association of Manufacturers recently announced (July 9, 2019) “a member-driven campaign to raise at least $10 million for the newly established ‘Creators Wanted Fund.’” Among other things, the campaign aims to reduce the skills gap by 600,000 workers by 2025; increase the number of students in technical and vocational schools by 25 percent; and increase from 27 percent to 50 percent “the number of parents who would encourage their children to pursue a career in modern manufacturing.”...

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“Busting the College-Industrial Complex”

Center of the American Experiment kicked-off our ongoing project “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” about three years ago. It would be inaccurate to say we had the issue to ourselves, but the number of people back then noting we were on to something distinctive and important was substantial, as they said so all the time. Suffice it to say, the issue, broadly conceived, is far from overlooked anymore....

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The Center’s Great Jobs project participates in home education conference

The Great Jobs project facilitated a panel discussion featuring Minnesotans who chose career paths that do not require the traditional four-year degree route. The panel discussion was one session over 700 home education parents could choose to attend at the annual Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference and Curriculum Fair. ...

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Minneapolis: Home to the Future of Career and Technical Education

As demand explodes for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing and the trades in Minnesota, the value of top-notch Career and Technical Education teachers is becoming increasingly evident. Our state is fortunate that the American Technical Education Association (ATEA)—the nation’s premier professional association for post-secondary CTE educators—is headquartered in Minneapolis, on the campus of Dunwoody College of Technology....

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