If you walk into a typical American high school and stand outside a classroom where technical subjects are taught, chances are that everything looks like it is humming along beautifully. Eager students come into the classroom in time for their classes to begin, where a knowledgeable and experienced teacher takes up a position at the front of the classroom. And in communities with sufficient funding, everyone is able to start working on computers and other equipment that facilitate the learning process. Read more
The Current State of CTE Education: Findings from The Student Research Foundation’s 2018 CTE Career Interest Survey
When educators think about Career and Technical Education (CTE), they sometimes assume that opportunities are plentiful for students who choose to focus on technical courses in high school. Their thinking can fall along these lines . . . Read more
Is a Cyber Security Career a Good Choice for Today’s Students?
There’s no doubt that cybercriminals are working hard to steal identities and data, and that they are often succeeding.
What are they up to? Here are some of today’s most prevalent cybercrimes, as listed in Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report 2019: Read more
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What you and your students need to know about the Career and Technical Education pathway to starting a career
A stand-up comedian once said, “By the time something becomes an acronym, forget it! It is already too late to take advantage of it.”
That might be true sometimes. By the time Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing was being called by the acronym CAD/CAM, for example, there were already tens of thousands of people sitting at terminals working CAD/CAM jobs.
But at other times, it is decidedly not true. Read more
About 140 students are enrolled in classes in Mrs. Niles’s 11th-grade food lab, at Orville H Platt High School Meriden, CT, learning the basics of safe food preparation and handling. “Giving our student a chance to work in hands-on food labs exposes them to many possible career options in the culinary industry,” she explains, “as well as careers in food sciences, and health and nutrition fields.” Read more
CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2019 Guide Predicts Explosive Growth Rates in Technical Careers
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has released its 2019 Cyberstates Guide, based both on its own research and data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report points to an explosive rate of job creation in STEM and technical fields between now and 2026.
If you are currently helping students plan their careers, Cyberstates contains information you should know. Read more
Few areas of CTE training and education are so full of romance. When you say the word “robot,” students start to think about anthropomorphic robots that walk around in sci-fi movies. They think about battle robots that fight each other on cool television shows. Or they think about teaming up with fellow students to enter a robotics competition by designing a robot that will walk around on Mars, perform surgery on patients in operating rooms, or enter a building and defuse a bomb. Read more
Freelancers Find that Skills-Based Training Plus a College Degree Add Up to a Better Career
The 2018 Freelancing in America study from UpWork Global reports that freelancers are a fast-growing segment of working Americans. The study, which polled 6,000 U.S. workers, found that freelance workers now make up 56.7 million members of the American workforce. That is a growth of 3.7 million Americans since 2014.
What manufacturing careers can students pursue?
The short answer to that question is, a wide variety of them. Students who earn degrees in engineering can specialize in manufacturing and machine design. Computer science majors can become automation programmers. Students who earn Associates degrees in manufacturing technology can get jobs “on the line,” making sure that equipment is working well. And students with high school diplomas can take jobs in manufacturing too – everything from maintaining production equipment to monitoring the arrival of manufacturing supplies. Read more
Manufacturing Day, an initiative of the Manufacturing Institute, is the nation’s largest one-day celebration of manufacturing. This annual event, taking place on October 5, 2018, focuses on showing young people, parents and educators the modern dynamics and opportunities a career in manufacturing offers. For those who can’t make it to a live Manufacturing Day event, or who don’t have any in their area, there’s always the possibility of a virtual event. Learn more about Manufacturing Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation here.