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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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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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