PrepareRI plan gets boost from $2 million grant to help with student skills gap

Rhode Island has received a $2 million grant from JP Morgan Chase to expand career and technical courses to all Rhode Island high schools, provide more real-world internships and deepen partnerships between public schools, colleges and businesses.

Rhode Island was one of ten states to receive the grant, which was also sponsored by Council of Chief School Officers and Advance CTE, an organization that advocates for policies that advance career and tech education.

Click here to read Linda Borg’s entire article from the Providence Journal. 

Improving education with more than money key to Utah success

In today’s dynamic marketplace, businesses no longer have the luxury of simply hoping the education system sufficiently prepares the needed workers. Additionally, schools can no longer prepare students for an ambiguously defined career. The two have to work together as true partners.

Click here to read the rest of Edson Barton’s opinion piece from the Deseret News.

Addressing Iowa’s skills gap: a new state website

Officials say a new state government website is designed to help high schoolers and adults “map out” how to land a job. The “Future Ready Iowa” website features a career aptitude test, links to the courses required, resume help and links to job openings.

Click here to read the complete article from O. Kay Henderson from the Radio Iowa website.


Adaptive Learning Methods Could Close the Trained Worker Skills Gap

To close skills gaps and maximize workforce potential, so called low-skilled workers need training love too. 

A rebound in output from the U.S. manufacturing sector to levels not seen since the recession is good news for well-trained workers who find themselves in high demand. But for low-skilled factory workers who are increasingly shut out of jobs that require technical skills and updated knowledge, retraining may be the only way to tap this potential — that is, if their knowledge and skills gaps can be filled in a meaningful and cost-effective way.

Click here to read Ulrik Juul Christensen’s piece from the Chief Learning Officer website. 


VR allows for high-impact learning experiences and as this new age of affordable VR tech presents itself, the opportunities for improving education abound. Educators are well aware of the positive impact out of classroom experiences have on learning. From K-12 classrooms, to college internships, to undergrad research and studying abroad, high-impact experiences provide increased learning and retention. Unfortunately, these types of programs have traditionally involved a good deal of time, money and personnel. With both the availability and affordability of VR, students nationwide will have access to high-impact educational experiences. From taking a guided tour of the Great Wall of China, to examining world-renowned art in a museum halfway around the globe, these micro experiences are able to shape student learning far more than an in-class lecture. Imagine biology students exploring the Great Barrier Reef firsthand or students in a history class having that ability to observe an ancient Mongolian tribe.

Click here to read Dr. Lynch’s entire article from The Tech Edvocate website. 

How Employers And Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities For Young People

Paul Harrington (Professor at Drexel University)  was featured in the article  “How Employers and Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities for Young People” which ran on last week. The article covers teen employment (only about 26% of teens and young adults are employed) and how policymakers are working to solve the teen employment problem.

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Click here to read the article “How Employers and Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities for Young People” featured in

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