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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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Czary Knights for American Manufacturing?

The Washington Post reported on Monday (June 17) that Michigan Sen. Gary Peters was gearing up to propose (in the newspaper’s words) “the creation of a new federal agency to chart a national industrial policy.  His inspiration for what he wants to call the National Institute of Manufacturing comes from the National Institutes of Health.”...

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Postsecondary education: And who — who — will take the road less traveled by?

Four years prostrate to the higher mind isn't right for everyone. Nod if you can hear me. Vigorously if you truly agree. This Sunday Cover op-ed originally ran in the Star Tribune on June 2, 2019. I have spent most of my professional life expressing ideas that cause people to shake their heads horizontally in disagreement rather than nodding vertically in approval. But I’ve seen abundant nodding in the last few years when talking about how large numbers of young Americans who are not terribly interested in attending a four-year college enroll in one anyway — pressured by parents, peers, teachers, school...

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Big Lake High School leads the way in work-based learning

As Minnesota maneuvers through very real workforce challenges, Big Lake High School is stepping in to help close the skills gap through its work-based learning program. The program called REAL (Relevant Experience Apprenticeship Learning) connects students with early career exploration through registered apprenticeships. Students learn practical and theoretical aspects of highly-skilled occupations and are exposed to new ideas, career paths, and experiences....

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