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Obama launches job-training partnership

June 8, 2011 17:28 by jllorens

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a partnership with business to train 500,000 workers for the jobs of the future.

Speaking at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, the president said: "We've got to light more sparks all across America."

"We've got to do everything we can, everything in our power, to strengthen and rebuild the middle class," he said, and community colleges will be key.

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Department of Education Ruling Favors Training Which Leads to "Gainful Employment"

June 6, 2011 18:05 by jllorens

(From DefPro.news) MONTREAL | The Canadian Tactical Training Academy (CTTA) (Pink Sheets:CTTG) is pleased to announce that discussions have started with potential training partners in the United States.

CTTA has been negotiating with potential partners in Florida for the past several months. The goal is to establish a for-profit educational institution with a curriculum which addresses the staffing needs of the security industry.

Today's decision by the Department of Education is quite clear. They want graduating students to have access to "gainful employment" once their course of study is complete. CTTA and its partners are confident that they can provide a sturdy and effective curriculum to train professionals for the security industry.

The timing of this project would encompass several steps and CTTA will advise its investors of their progress in a timely manner. The goal of the program is to train students in fields as diverse as crisis intervention and counter terrorism.


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Industry Puts Heat on Schools to Teach Skills Employers Need

June 6, 2011 17:02 by jllorens

(From The Wall Street Journal) Big U.S. employers, worried about replacing retiring baby boomers, are wading deeper into education and growing bolder about telling educators how to run their business.

Several initiatives have focused on manufacturing and engineering, fields where technical know-how and math and science skills are needed and where companies worry about recruiting new talent.

Their concerns are borne out by the math and science test scores of 15-year-old students in the U.S., which continue to lag behind China, Japan, South Korea and Germany, for example.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report in May that said higher education had failed to "tap the potential of digital technology" in ways that would "transform learning, dramatically lower costs or improve overall institutional productivity."

The Chamber report praised Internet educational institutions like Khan Academy, which built its reputation on YouTube.com math lessons.

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Why don't we have more practicing women engineers?

March 11, 2011 13:29 by jllorens

(From the International Business Times) A look at the top five undergraduate engineering programs in the United States (according to the U.S. News and World Report) reveals that women comprise a significant proportion of the class enrolled, comparable to (and in some cases even outnumbering) men.Sadly, however, the distribution of the genders is far from even when it comes to women in the profession.

In fact, a recent study undertaken by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) finds that while women comprise 20 per cent of engineering school graduates, they account for only 11 per cent of practicing engineers.The study, which surveyed over 3700 women with engineering degrees, found that workplace climate was the foremost reason behind women choosing to stay away from the profession after college, or quitting it after a temporary stint.

A third of women who chose not to enter the field even after completing the degree said that they were guided by perceptions that it was an inflexible profession and the culture was not supportive of women.

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Cincinnati: Diversity lags as UC enrollment grows

March 7, 2011 10:14 by jllorens

(From communitypress.cincinnati.com) Enrollment at the University of Cincinnati has been increasing steadily since 2002, reaching an all-time high of more than 41,000 students this past fall.

Yet black student enrollment is at its lowest point since 2000-01, when the university began tracking such statistics - 8.9 percent of the total student body, down from 11.4 percent five years ago.

Even among undergraduates at the main campus in Clifton, black enrollment has dropped 23 percent in the last five years, from 2,722 students during the 2005-06 academic yearto 2,099 students this year. Blacks now constitute 9.4 percent of main campus undergraduates, down from 14.1 percent five years ago.

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PreK-12 Dominates Growth in E-Learning

January 21, 2011 17:24 by jllorens

(From TheJournal.com) Driven in part by rapid growth in online education, by 2015, preK-12 academic institutions in the United States will spend $4.9 billion on "self-paced" electronic learning products and services, according to a new report released this week by research firm Ambient Insight. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 16.8 percent from 2010 spending levels, outpacing every other segment, including higher education and healthcare.

The report, "The US Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2010-2015 Forecast and Analysis," encompasses a category of electronic learning that Ambient Insight refers to as "self-paced," which includes learning management, classroom management, and learning content management systems, along with student information systems and hosted learning platforms, among others. This category does not include mobile learning, gaming, or several other major e-learning categories.

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Blogs: The Myth of eLearning

January 19, 2011 19:09 by jllorens

(From CampucTechnology.com) Information technology, ironically, instead of disenfranchising the current higher education enterprise, is making it more vital. After all, we find that there was and is no revolution, just a gradual shift in emphasis toward certain kinds of existing learning experiences. Also, unexpectedly, on-the-ground colleges and universities are, if anything, better positioned to maximize their in-situ advantage than ever before. Distance education is not, and never should be considered, a replacement of traditional on-the-ground learning.

The problem that higher education faced when computers and networks became ubiquitous on campuses was that we educators had set ourselves up for a fall:

· We claimed that the only important learning occurred in the classroom

· We said that we (educators) "delivered" education

· Such "delivery" was based merely on books and talking

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Should Computer Led-Instruction Be The Teachers Of the Future?

January 19, 2011 17:11 by jllorens

Imagine walking into a classroom and seeing no one in the front of the classroom. Instead you're lead to a computer terminal at a desk and told this will be your teacher for the course. The only adults around are a facilitator to make sure that you stay on task and to fix any tech problems that may arise. For some Florida students, computer led-instruction is a reality. Within the Miami-Dade County Public School district alone, 7000 students are receiving this form of education including six middle and K-8 schools, according to the New York Times.

Due to the state enforced Class Size Reduction Amendment, schools are choosing to run computer-taught classes called "e-learning labs" which don't need to abide by the stringent class size limitations that traditional classrooms face. The online classes are provided by Florida Virtual School, who previously created programs for home schooled students in the state. For example, Miami Beach High School's Advanced Placement macroeconomics e-classroom has 35 to 40 students each class. Under the legislation, high school classrooms are capped at 25 students for core classes like English and math. Fourth through eighth-grade classrooms are maxed out at 22 students, and pre-kindergarten through third grade reach their limit at 18 students.


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University students could use 'corporate skills' to gain extra marks

January 3, 2011 18:24 by jllorens

(From telegraph.co.uk) Giving a good presentation or running a workshop could be enough to earn additional credits on all undergraduate courses under proposals drawn up at the University of Leicester.

Paul Jackson, director of student support and development, said the university was “looking closely at how to embed corporate skills into the curriculum at the undergraduate stage”.

University College London is understood to be examining ways of translating job skills into degree credits, while Durham University could also give students additional marks for work experience.

Karen Barnard, head of careers at UCL, said the university's council was "quite keen" on the idea of "some form or skills accreditation", while Professor Anthony Forster, pro-vice-chancellor for education at Durham, said the university was considering awarding academic credit "for student employment or short-term community and work-based placements that have involved the application or development of academic knowledge and skills."

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MindLeaders-ThirdForce e-learning courses approved for University of Phoenix

November 3, 2010 20:59 by jllorens

MindLeaders-ThirdForce, one of the industry’s top elearning and talent development producers, has partnered with the University of Phoenix to make almost 2,000 courses eligible for college credit.

Through the Corporate Articulation program, MindLeaders-ThirdForce students can submit completed, qualifying courseware for University of Phoenix college credit. Each hour of MindLeaders-ThirdForce qualifying courses equates to 1/30th of a credit hour. Most MindLeaders-ThirdForce courses are between 1 and 5 hours long. Courses completed before the student began their degree studies can be submitted for credit through the Prior Learning Assessment program.

“The mission of MindLeaders-ThirdForce is to help people and companies meet their goals,” said Paul MacCartney, President of MindLeaders-ThirdForce. “We’re proud to set up the process to help when those goals include gaining a college degree through the University of Phoenix.”

The qualifying online computer courses range in topics from Excel to Cisco networking certifications to project management and time management. All 1,987 qualifying courses will have a link available from within the course to provide easy access to instructions for submission to the University of Phoenix for credit.
A complete list of courses that are available for credit is listed at www.mindleaders.com/courses/phoenix.aspx. Visit the University of Phoenix site for more information about their Corporate Articulation program.

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