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In the previous issue of Connections, I wrote ("Anticipation and Appetite") that all the articles in that issue were written by people who would be presenting at the upcoming NCPN conference in Dallas (October 20–23). The same is true of the current newsletter. (Read more)
The mountainous region of Virginia, known as the Heart of Appalachia, is rich in history, culture, and recreation. During these hard economic times, steps are also being taken to make the region a national leader in connecting education and workforce and economic development. (Read more)
Workers across the nation are discovering that a high school diploma no longer leads to a job. Not just a good job, but any job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), 13 of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the next ten years will require some type of postsecondary credential. Conversely, 18 of the 20 occupations with the fastest rates of decline will recquire no postsecondary credential. (Read more)
Quick question: Can you name the last five television shows you watched? Those are pretty good. Okay, now, what about the last five movies you saw? Yeah, I saw all of those too. Now, can you name the last five books you read? It's okay; I'll wait. (Read more)
See if this sounds familiar. Five years ago the industrial technology department at Loveland High School was facing declining enrollment; lack of adequate funding; decreasing administrative support; and increasing pressure to improve math, reading, and writing. (Read more)
The mandate of the 21st century—and what everyone in the STEM game is pursuing—is to increase the capacity for "knowledge innovation." (Read more)
How many educators have been here? The perfect grant opportunity opens up for a project that's been growing in the backs of people's minds for several years. Heart and soul go into writing the grant, obtaining matching funds, and getting administrative support. Finally "Yes!"—the NOGA arrives in the mail. A new project that will open the door of opportunity for students is born. Success is sweet! (Read more)
As we continue to engage in the longest wars in U.S. history, veterans are returning with difficult and often tragic memories of deployment. Along with the many changes they face, some are choosing to enter college. Community colleges are natural starting points for veterans' postsecondary aspirations. They are looking for new lives and directions after surreal experiences that can haunt them for a lifetime. To varying degrees, all are seeking ways to readjust and forget the two or three deployments they faced. (Read more)
Southern Growth Policies Board is pleased to announce Featherbone Communiversity as the recipient of its 2010 Innovator Award from Georgia. The Communiversity represents a unique transformation of a manufacturing company into a collaborative, intergenerational learning enterprise, where every citizen in the community is considered a student. (Read more)
Libby Livings-Eassa of Indian River State College (IRSC) of Florida has received an appointment to the U.S. Department of Education to work with the Division of Academic and Technical Education. The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) allows federal, state, and local governments to share personnel resources and thereby improve their service to the public by continuing collaborations with states in planning and implementing national activity projects. (Read more)
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The 2010 Conference
Is Almost Here!
Don't miss out on one of the best networking and professional development opportunities in the countryoffering nationally recognized keynote speakers and over 150 sessions in topics of interest to all educators (secondary and postsecondary) and their business partners.
Dates: October 2023
Place: The beautifully renovated Sheraton in downtown
Make hotel reservations at http://www.cord.org/
hoteltravelattractions-2010/. Deadline: September 23
Full-time classroom teachers also receive a $50 discount off the main conference fee, and if attending the Wednesday Kuder event, you receive a $100 discount.