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New Washington high school tech center nears completion

The Southeast Area Technical Skills Center, located adjacent to Walla Walla Community College, will house four vocational training programs. The $11.5 million facility is being built with 90 percent state funds.

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Pennsylvania district to expand career and tech program

The Erie School District is expanding its career and technical education program in an effort to offer more courses to more students in all city high schools. The expansion will mean 300 additional students will have access to the programs.

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Blended education charter proposed for Rhode Island county

A blended learning charter school could be headed to Kent County as early as fall of 2015. The blended education format will be universal across all subject areas at Kent County Prep, and every student regardless of ability will have double blocks of math and English language arts.

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$70M bond approved for new New Jersey county tech ed center

The Cumberland County board passed a $70 million bond ordinance, another major step forward in completing its goal of building its proposed new county technical education center. The school will be built on the Cumberland County College campus.

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Crisis averted …and exploited

An online educational continuity plan can improve year-round learning goals. When a school cannot open for a day, for a week, for a month or longer—no matter the reason—that is the essence of an educational crisis.

New virtual twists on making up snow days

Districts in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania turned to online learning in lieu of time in school to make up for missed class time due to weather cancellations. Many implemented e-learning days, during which students read through online lessons and completed assignments at home to meet class-time requirements.

Career frontiers: Voc-tech moves into the future

Career technology programs have evolved far beyond traditional vocational education classes of the last century, in woodworking, cosmetology and automotive mechanics. The new programs emerging are designed to fill skills gaps, particularly in STEM fields, such as aeronautics, energy and robotics.

In Illinois, school tech grants get big boost

Seven Chicago schools will be awarded grants of up to $100,000 to explore how laptops, iPhones and iPads can help teachers move away from single lesson plans toward a more individualized approach to learning. Half the money for the Breakthrough Schools grants comes from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Maryland county considers offering tech course to middle schoolers

Washington County officials may let students earn their technology-education credit in middle school or even take it online. Most students earn this high school graduation requirement when they take Foundations of Technology during freshmen year.

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3 ways to raise money for tech in the classroom

When schools need technology and districts can't provide it, sometimes the only way to find the funds is to get creative. Parents and teachers working to raise money for their schools are using technology-focused ideas, such as a tech scavenger hunt, crowdfunding sites and more.

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