Career/Tech Education

Working on the Railroad

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New degree program for wind turbine technicians at one Iowa community college has spurred interest in another, catered to railroad employees -- whose industry has seen a renaissance because of the state's "green" boom.

Educating 'Middle-Skill' Workers

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WASHINGTON – To the chagrin of many in technical education, the bachelor’s degree still hogs the spotlight in the minds of most students. Now, days after President Obama challenged the government to assist everyone in attending at least one year of college, many scholars and business leaders are hoping to make a strong public case for the value of the associate degree and work skills credentials.

No Worker Left Behind

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Largest industrial trade association endorses a set of stackable work skills credentials, hoping to prod companies to require them and community colleges to teach them.

Embedding English in Job Training

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Innovative program at New Mexico community college pairs technical composition and career education courses, boosting completion rates for both.

College Counselors for All

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Aiding traditional high school guidance officers, Virginia Community College System employs "coaches" to help pre-college students create academic plans to reach their career goals.

Special Sauce for ESL

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How McDonald's and a community college professor teamed up to teach English to growing immigrant population.

Federal Cooperation

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Education and Labor Departments, often at odds with one another, assure Senate subcommittee of their willingness to work together on reform of Workforce Investment Act.

Skills Training à la Carte

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Highly customizable work force education at Michigan community college allows employers and students to select individual competencies they want mastered, worth fractions of a credit hour and costing a few dollars. Is choose-your-own instruction the future?

A System Also Rises

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Only a decade old, Louisiana's community colleges are booming and find themselves in an unusual situation -- seen by four-year institutions as legislative favorites.

Experiment in the Health Sciences

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Starting from scratch at the University of Minnesota's newly chartered Rochester campus, a team of faculty begins a project that aims to revolutionize teaching and learning.


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