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Will Apprenticeships or College Play the Larger Role in Reducing Unemployment in the U.S.

Will Apprenticeships or College Play the Larger Role in Reducing Unemployment in the U.S.?

“Apprenticeships, Not College, Can Help Reduce Unemployment,” an article that Paul Winfree and Rachel Greszler published in the Wall Street Journal on June 21, 2022, predicts that apprenticeships could soon be doing more to reduce unemployment than colleges are.

If so, the role that American higher education plays in sustaining the labor force could be changed dramatically. Read more

High School Counselor Brooke Kupcho Discuss Career Planning for Her Students and the Student Research Foundation

High School Counselor Brooke Kupcho Discusses How Her Students Build an Identity of Success

Brooke Kupcho is a student counselor in Helena Montana. In a recent video with the Student Research Foundation, she shared her insights on the process of helping students develop the self-efficacy that leads to better career choices.

You will want to watch the entire video. Here are some edited portions of what Brooke had to say.

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High School Teacher Trevor Muir talking about Student Research Foundation

Teacher Trevor Muir on Why Soft Skills Are the Most Important Career Skills of All

High school teacher Trevor Muir believes that soft skills that are developed in project-based learning could be even more vital to success in technology-intensive fields than hard skills like chemistry or mathematics.

Trevor explained why in a recent video he shared with the Student Research Foundation. Read more

Physics, the Great Equalizer Subject that Is Loved by Nearly Every Kind of Student

Physics, the Great Equalizer Subject that Is Loved by Nearly Every Kind of Student

Do you teach physics? If so, you will want to know about research from the Student Research Foundation that found that nearly every kind of student likes the subject you teach. That might come as a surprise – what is physics, after all but the study of energy and matter? How exciting is that?  But somehow students have discovered that physics is not only interesting, but it will also prepare them for a variety of college majors and STEM careers. Read more

McKinsey Study Predicts a New World of Work as pandemic fades

McKinsey Study Predicts a New World of Work

“The future of work after Covid-19” is a major new study conducted by McKinsey & Company. If you are eager to know how professionals, students – and virtually everyone else – should be rethinking the world of work, you will want to download and read this publication. Read more

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Summer Advancement Opportunities for Teachers

As we move toward spring, most teachers are forced to concede that the 2020-21 school year was the greatest challenge ever in their professional lives. First of all, it was a challenge to teach. And second, this year proved to be a daunting obstacle to career progress. Suddenly, the possibilities of career advancement seemed to fade away – whether that progress meant choosing a teaching specialty, becoming a school principal, becoming head of a department, or finding a job in a different school or school system. Read more

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Study Finds that Most Students Are Too Optimistic about Their Majors’ Earning Potential

How much money can you expect to earn after you complete the coursework for your major and graduate college? Do you really know what your earning potential will be?

According to “Labor Market Expectations and Major Choice for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: Evidence from an Information Experiment,” a study conducted in 2017 by Alexander I. Ruder (University of South Carolina and Rutgers) and Michelle Van Noy (Rutgers), many students, especially those who come from lower income backgrounds, are overly optimistic about how much they will earn. Ruder and Van Noy polled 2,965 students and determined that students who grew up in financially disadvantaged circumstances were especially prone to overestimate the potential earnings that their major and college degree would enable them to earn. Read more

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Career Opportunities for Students in Miami

Miami is known for its significant architecture, lively night life, and of course its magnificent Atlantic Ocean beach. But if you teach high school in the Miami metro area, you know that the young people of Miami could be the city’s greatest asset. They’re ethnically diverse, often multilingual, and excited because the area offers an unequalled variety of employment opportunities and careers.

Whether your students want to work in travel, high-tech, or in the arts, Miami offers an unusual array of opportunities. It’s an exciting place to be, and that makes it an unusually exciting place to be an educator. Read more

Union Station in Denver CO. The city is an Emerging Tech Center with Career Opportunities

Denver an Emerging Tech Center with Career Opportunities

An Educator’s Guide to Career Opportunities for Students in Denver

There are plenty of reasons young people want to make Denver their home. It is a youthful city that offers plenty of job opportunities. And all kinds of people love living in Denver. It is an area that attracts people who love the great outdoors, who want to live where alternative lifestyle choices don’t raise an eyebrow, and where there is a lively arts scene. And now, Denver is attracting young tech entrepreneurs too. All those factors make Denver, and Colorado as a whole, one of America’s most exciting places to teach young students.

Incidentally, about 600,000 people live in the Denver metro area, of whom almost exactly half are male and half are women. And according to SuburbanStats.com, the median age of Denver residents is 33 years; Denver is a very youthful city.

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Charlotte, North Carolina an Emerging Tech Center - Student Research Foundation

This City is an Emerging Tech Center

The emerging tech centers of America . . .

An Educator’s Guide to Manufacturing Opportunities in Charlotte, North Carolina

A few decades ago, you might have found a typical high school student in the Charlotte area lying in a field on the family farm, thinking about owning it one day. If you happened upon a more academically ambitious youngster, she or he might have been thinking about going to Davidson or UNC, maybe planning to be a physician or a politician one day.

Today, you will still find youngsters like them, but you will find fewer of them. In their place, more and more young North Caroliners are thinking about becoming engineers, programmers, factory workers and general business people, for a very simple reason . . .

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