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Iron Range Engineering PDF - The third in a series on rural education issues, this brief looks at engineering education in northeastern Minnesota. A program called Iron Range Engineering keeps youth closer to home and provides local industry with a steady stream on engineers. The National Academy of Engineering called for such a school in 2005, but few programs left lecture-hall learning for hands-on until Iron Range made the switch. Before then, engineering education hadn't change in 60 years. (Carol Kreck, ECS, November 2013)...

Iowa Harvests the Wind for Economic Development, Education, and Innovation - Economic development. Education. Innovation. This vignette examines how a rural state (Iowa) invested in innovative technology to create economic development opportunities, jobs, hands-on training, and incentives for students (both male and female) to study STEM subjects -- all from wind, Iowa's year-round crop. (Carol Kreck, ECS, August 2013)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: STEM - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Linking Education and Economic Development: A Very Local, Very Rural Vignette PDF - McDowell County in West Virginia was once considered a wasteland. Now, it may become a beacon for other rural communities in dire straits thanks in part to Reconnecting McDowell. This paper, the first in a series examining rural education issues, examines the comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County the route to a brighter economic future. Partners from business, foundations, government, nonprofit agencies and labor have committed to seek solutions to McDowell’s complex problems—poverty, underperforming schools, drug and alcohol abuse, housing shortages, limited medical services, and inadequate access to technology and transportation. (Carol Kreck, ECS, May 2013)...

The Progress of Education Reform: Producing Quality Credentials PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform presents emerging research on the value of credentials and highlights ways that states can leverage data and accompanying strategies to strengthen the fit between the production of postsecondary credentials and workforce demand. (Matthew Smith, ECS, October 2012)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Economic/Workforce Development - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Legislative Commissions and Task Forces: Developing Strategies to Meet Completion & Workforce Challenges PDF - Using the ECS State Policy Database, the Boosting College Completion project scanned 370 college completion and workforce policies enacted over a five-year period: 2006-10. Nearly one in five policies established a commission or task force. This policy analysis shows the diversity of approaches to emerging problems and how commissions are charged to address them. (Matthew Smith, Education Commission of the States, March 2011)...

(Maine) State Education and Employment Outcomes Task Force - Maine's task force on State Education and Employment Outcomes released its first report, which consists of a series of recommendations, among which are adding: third-year outcomes (wage data), data from adult education and data from private colleges. (State of Maine 126th Legislature, December 2014)...

Rhode to Work: A Legislative Action Plan - With an unemployment rate of 9 percent – 2 percentage points higher than the national average –and employers reporting a growing inability to find skilled workers, the Rhode Island Senate moved to address both problems at once. Policymakers created an action plan called Rhode to Work that includes codifying the Governor’s Workforce Board to be a single, seamless, cohesive training system, expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships, eliminating waiting lists for would-be adult learners and reducing costs for high school equivalency test takers. (Rhode Island Senate, January 2014)...

Blue Collar Task Force Report and Recommendations - Delaware's Blue Collar Task Force report calls for creating more jobs by improving the state's infrastructure. Among their recommendations is to build a natural gas pipeline into Kent and Sussex counties to lower energy costs, fund road and waterway infrastructure, improve the Port of Wilmington and streamline business licensing and permitting. (Blue Collar Task Force, January 2014)...

Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity - In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the authors find that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, Dec 2012) ...

Consolidating Workforce Education Would Bring More Uniformity; Mixed Results on Whether Evidence Supports Other Stakeholder Arguments - This report evaluates the option of consolidating all postsecondary career education programs under the Florida College System and consolidating adult education programs under the school districts. They determined consolidating career education under colleges and adult education programs under school districts could help provide more consistent policies and practices for workforce education programs, provide better alignment and articulation of postsecondary career education programs and make it easier for some students to access financial aid. It could also help district efforts to address dropout prevention and recovery. (OPPAGA, December 2010)...

The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate Among Students of Color in the Nation’s Forty-Five Largest Metropolitan Areas - To better understand the various economic benefits that a particular community could expect if it were to reduce its number of high school dropouts, the Alliance for Excellent Education analyzed the local economies of some of the nation’s largest cities and their surrounding areas. Using a sophisticated economic model the Alliance calculated economic projections tailored to the forty-five largest metro regions. The projections estimate the gross increase in important local economic factors such as individual earnings, home and auto sales, job and economic growth, spending and investment, tax revenue, and human capital. The findings are powerful reminders that entire communities are impacted by the educational outcomes of our youth. (Alliance for Excellent Education, June 2010)...

New Paradigm for Economic Development: How Higher Education Institutions Are Working to Revitalize Their Regional and State Economies - In states across America, higher education institutions and systems are working to become key drivers of economic development and community revitalization. They are putting their research power to work, embracing a role in the cultural, social and educational revitalization of their home communities, and educating people to succeed in the innovation age. Together these trends suggest a new paradigm for economic development--one that puts higher education at the center of the efforts to succeed in the knowledge economy. (David Shaffer and David Wright, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, March 2010)...

Florida Should Not Use the Targeted Occupations List as the Sole Criteria to Fund Career Education Programs - As directed by the legislature, OPPAGA examined student outcomes for career education programs. This report is part of a series on career education in Florida and addresses two questions: (1) What are the major sources of information used to target Florida's career education resources? And (2) Would it be desirable for the state to use the targeted occupations lists to direct all state funding for career education programs? This report explains why OPPAGA determined it would not be feasible at this time. (OPPAGA, March 2010)...

Public Career Education Programs Differ from Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability and Student Outcomes - In 2007-08, public and private institutions offered 669 different career education programs, serving over 385,000 students. Few of these programs were offered by both public and private institutions, although the two sectors offered training targeted at many of the same occupations. Public and private institutions had significant differences in the areas of the state they served, program admission and completion requirements, program and student costs, financial aid availability, and student outcomes. (OPPAGA, January 2010)...


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