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How Are Certifications Affecting the Lives of Working Americans? - Student Research Foundation

How Are Postsecondary Certifications Affecting the Lives of Working Americans?

How are CTE certificates affecting the way people work in America?

We recently spent some time researching current CTE data compiled by the National Center for Educational Statistics. They provide some thought-provoking insights into how certifications are changing the way Americas live and work. Read more

What Are Digital Humanities?

We have been hearing the term “Digital Humanities” a lot lately. But exactly what does it mean?

We asked Linda LoSchiavo, Director of Libraries at Fordham University in New York. “Digital humanities (DH) has morphed from the next big thing to this week’s stock-in-trade,” she told us. “Academic libraries now have dedicated staff (DH librarians), infrastructure (scanning centers), and activities (workshops, data curation, consultations, preservation and repository services). So how do you define DH?  If you’re within the academy, you’ll know it when you see it.” Read more

Manufacturing Careers Research by Student Research Foundation

What Influences Students to Enter Manufacturing Careers?

Findings from the “Attracting the Next Generation of Students” Study

What influences students to enroll in career and technical education (CTE) courses that lead to employment in manufacturing? Read more

Good Skilled Jobs - Student Research Foundation

While Students Compete to Get into College, Good Skilled Jobs Remain Unfilled

NPR News Reports that While Students Compete to Get into College, Good Skilled Jobs Remain Unfilled

“High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up for University,” a story aired on NPR News on April 25, 2018, presents some compelling evidence that reinforces an important lesson . . .

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Does CTE Represent a Return to Apprenticeship Models - Student Research Foundation

Does CTE Represent a Return to Apprenticeship Models?

Is the new Career and Technical Education path to launching a career really something new? In some ways, yes. But there are historical precedents. Read more

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay? - Student Research Foundation

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay?

We recently overheard this conversation at a college admissions fair . . .

A high school student said to another, “When I told my dad I was planning to work in cybersecurity, he said, `Forget it, those careers won’t be around for more than the next few years.’”

Her friend replied, “Well your dad could be right. As soon as the right company launches the right new kind of product, cybersecurity workers will be looking for jobs in other fields.” Read more

Is It the Right Time for Students to Major in Wind and Solar Power - Student Research Foundation

Is It the Right Time for Students to Major in Wind and Solar Power?

“Across the U.S., universities that have long offered degrees related to the fossil-fuels industry are starting to offer degrees and concentrations in wind and solar technologies. Companies such as Tesla Inc. are seeking recruits with specialized skills in renewable energy, even as some oil-and-natural-gas companies pull back on hiring graduates in fields such as geology as they automate more tasks.”

– “Now Available in the Oil Patch: Wind and Solar College Degrees,” by Erin Ailworth, The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2018

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Jobs of Tomorrow - Student Research Foundation

Is Company-Funded Training the Missing Link in Building Tech Careers?

When deciding what courses they should be offering, colleges often use a simple process of subtraction . . .

The skills workers need

  • – minus the skills their college teaches
  • = equals the skills they should be teaching, but are not

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Thought for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Thought for National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8th . . .Another Way Teaching Inspires

Many successful people – actors, politicians, scientists and many more – can point to a special teacher who inspired them. But there is a different link between teaching and success too, which reveals itself when you make a list of successful people who have worked as teachers. Read more

STEM Companies Hiring - Student Research Foundation

STEM Companies Hiring Non-Tech Students

STEM Companies Need Non-Tech Students to Fill Jobs Too

It’s no secret that a boom is taking place in STEM education. Students across America are enrolling in courses to study engineering, computer science, statistics, and other subjects that will equip them to fill jobs with tech firms.

But here is one fact that can get overlooked as students prepare to find work with tech companies . . . Read more