CTE Equipment Grant will benefit BCHS and WVHS classes

Some of Bradley County Schools’ career and technical education classes will soon reap the benefits of a sizable grant the district received this school year.

The Tennessee Department of Education awarded the district a CTE Equipment Grant totaling $239,947, which is part of the $15 million awarded to districts statewide.

“We are excited about what this is going to be adding for us in our health science and advanced manufacturing programs,” said Arlette Robinson, CTE director for Bradley County Schools. “There will be more opportunities for students to practice their skills in the classroom.”

With the money, the district is planning to buy a geriatric simulator, hospital beds, vital signs equipment and specialized mannequins to be used for the health science classes at the Bradley Central and Walker Valley high schools.

Click here to read Christy Armstrong’s entire article found on the Cleveland Daily Banner website. 

The Healthcare Skills Gap May Work to Your Advantage

There has been a developing gap between healthcare jobs available and healthcare professionals that have the appropriate qualifications to fill them. As a response, the healthcare field is changing, especially for nurses. With so many vacancies and little to no qualified talent to fill them, this dilemma is creating a more intense healthcare skills gap. Many Baby Boomer healthcare educators are nearing retirement age, leaving room for highly qualified instructors to fill these vacant roles within healthcare education programs. However, many factors are limiting healthcare facilities from finding the right individuals to fill these spots.

Individuals who are looking for a job in the healthcare industry should be aware of what circumstances are contributing to the skills gap. Knowing these stumbling blocks can help hopeful healthcare professionals and current healthcare employers navigate this skills gap and improve their chances of employment. The top five contributors to the gap are a lack of education, different expectations for pay, poor interviewing skills, above entry-level job requirements, and a lack of on-the-job training.

Click here to read Rick Delgado’s complete article published on the Health Tech Zone website. 

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Expands To Meet Demand

The new educational facilities will provide learning resources to help meet a growing demand for MRO technicians.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) is taking steps to cement its ranking as Forbes’ top U.S. technical trade school for 2017. With an ever-growing forecasted demand for maintenance technicians, PIA has decided to grow its facilities to keep pace. After approximately 10 months of construction, PIA will open a new expansion of its Youngstown-Warren branch this Wednesday, Sept. 20. The two-story, 8,500 sq. ft. teaching facility at Hangar 3 of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is intended to broaden opportunities for students by providing new teaching resources.

“Our investment in our facilities and our students is in response to strong career demand,” says President and CEO of PIA Suzanne Markle. “We look forward to the opportunity to serve new students and prepare them with the entry-level technical skills we know our employers seek.”

Click here to read Lindsay Bjerregaard’s entire article published on the MRO-Network website. 

$90 million investment in 3 buildings aims to make Metro’s Fort Omaha campus a go-to place for trades programs

The three buildings on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus gleam with newness and light, the result of a $90 million investment in the two-year college’s future.

The buildings, which just opened for the new school year, include areas for basic student services and tutoring, large spaces for corporate test projects, and labs for hands-on training in construction trades.

A key mission is to train students in trades, such as welding and plumbing, for which there is demand. The $45 million provided for the work by the private sector offers testimony to the need and opportunity for skilled workers. The rest is college money.

Click here to read Rick Ruggles’ entire article posted on the Omaha website.  

San Joaquin County Students Learn About Building Careers

Approximately 700 juniors and seniors from 24 high schools in San Joaquin County gathered at 10 a.m. on Friday for the 13th annual Construction Trades Career Fair to learn about careers in trades such as iron work, roofing, sheet metal work, plumbing and pipe fitting.

Held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595 and National Electrical Contractors Association Electrical Training Center, the career fair featured booths from various trade unions, as well as presentations on the different trades, career paths and apprenticeships.

Greg Vincelet, chairman of the San Joaquin Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, explained that apprentice plumbers and pipe fitters can earn $18.35 per hour while learning their trade, and are eligible for a pay raise every six months.

Apprenticeships for those careers last for five years, he said, after which the apprentice becomes a journeyman, earning $40 per hour. Apprentices also receive medical and dental insurance, as well as pensions and vacation funds. Some apprenticeship programs also include college credits, as apprentices usually work alongside a journeyman during the day and attend classes at night.

Click here to read John Bays’ entire article published on the Iodi News website. 

Fairmont High School Receives Grant For Virtual Welding Simulator

A new virtual welding simulator will give Fairmont High School students the opportunity to weld outside of the workshop.

“It’s a virtual so kids don’t burn their eyes. They don’t need a welding helmet. They don’t need welding gloves,” Robert Bonin, Fairmont High School Career and Technical Education Teacher says.

A $10,000 grant from Monsanto has helped provide the high school with two virtual welding simulators.

“They have what looks like a video game. It’s a simulation of welding,” he says.

The software allows students to apply their skills both in and out of the workshop.

Click here to read Samantha Huot’s complete article on the KEYC website.  

How your company can keep pace with disruption

Canada’s work force is in a period of unprecedented change, with shifting demographics and technological innovation dramatically altering what it takes for both businesses and professionals to be successful.

Seniors out-number children for the first time ever, and our working-age population is steadily declining.

Yet the trend with the greatest potential to transform our work force is innovation. The blistering pace of technological change makes it difficult for schools, governments and business leaders to properly train workers for existing and future jobs, which is widening the gap between the skills professionals have and the skills employers need.

One of the best ways to narrow skills gaps is by sharing new insights that complement existing economic indicators and can help workers better navigate their careers.

We recently released LinkedIn Canada’s first Workforce Report for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), harnessing our data from millions of members in the region and thousands of companies using LinkedIn to uncover key work-force trends on hiring rates, skills gaps and talent migration.

Click here to read Jonathan Lister’s, VP of sales and country Manager of LinkedIn Canada, complete article osted onthe The Globe and Mail Inc. website. 

Perkins CTE: Better with Apprenticeship

Perkins reauthorization is a can’t-miss opportunity to improve work-based learning by elevating Registered Apprenticeship

Congress is back in session, which means rumors that the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is about to be reauthorized are making the rounds. We’ve been here before, and a quick reauthorization seems no more likely this fall than it was this summer, last spring, or last year. That said, we’re making progress. This summer, the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. No one expects that bill to pass unchanged through the Senate, so there is still a lot of work ahead – and opportunities to make it even better.

That’s a good thing because, while the House bill makes a number of important improvements to the existing law, it also misses an opportunity to strengthen connections between our CTE and Registered Apprenticeship systems. In fact, the word apprenticeship does not appear once in the House bill, despite lots of attention to expanding work-based learning opportunities. While apprenticeship is certainly a form of work-based learning, we think there is value to giving it more explicit attention in the next version of the law.

Click here to read Mary Alice McCarthy and Michael Prebil’s complete article published on the NewAmerica.org website. 

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