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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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Getting young Latinas involved in tech and science

Latina women made up only two percent of scientists and engineers in 2010 in the U.S. A California after-school program, DIY Girls, is now working to change those numbers by teaching skills such as soldering electronics and using 3D printers.

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Pike County one of first in Alabama with virtual high school

The county's virtual high School, one of the first in Alabama, will offer credit recovery for students who have fallen behind and for those interested in advanced classes. Required credit classes will be offered, along with AP, dual enrollment and electives normally not available at a regular high school.

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More money for Maryland tech positions and projects

Among other approved items in its 2015 budget, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted to allocate $1 million in surplus funds for technology improvements and add $200,000 to the Office of Technology Services’ operating budget for new tech positions.

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$650M bond for California district's 41 schools sparks debate

A debate has emerged over Fremont County's $650 million school bond measure, which includes a $39 million technology infrastructure and equipment upgrade that would increase bandwidth and add wireless access points. School leaders say the bond is necessary to modernize aging campuses but opponents call it a financially risky move that won't address half of the district's many needs.

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Utah's new adaptive testing system draws praise, criticism

Students are taking the new, year-end SAGE computer adaptive assessment that adapts to the skill level of an individual child. Hailed by educators as providing timely, precise results for use in classroom planning, it has also been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core.

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$107 million in grants for high school programs

The Department of Labor and Education has awarded 24 Youth CareerConnect grants, totaling $107 million. The funds are being given to integrate high school education and career skills initiatives with many of the recipients utilizing the funds to increase post-secondary technology education and apprenticeships.

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