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Latino and Black workers remain underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce compared with their share of all workers. But a Pew Research Center report published Thursday found that the gap in STEM workforce representation is especially large for Hispanic adults.
Educational Research / Theodore Breton
This paper presents evidence that education has direct and indirect effects on national output. Educated workers raise national income directly because schooling raises their marginal productivity. They raise national income indirectly by increasing the marginal productivity of physical capital and of other workers. In highly educated countries the spillover effect on other workers is minimal, but in less-educated countries the spillover effect appears to be much larger. In all countries, the positive effect of rising human capital on the productivity of physical capital is required to offset the diminishing returns to investment in physical capital and make rising investment in physical capital financially viable in the growth process
The number of students in community colleges in the fall declined by more than half a million, or 10 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Of those now enrolled, a fifth say they are likely to delay their graduation because of the coronavirus, a Strada Education Network and Gallup survey found.
That’s a big problem for employers who need to fill jobs made even more essential by the pandemic, and in fields where there are already shortages. These include health care, cybersecurity, information technology, construction, manufacturing, transportation, law enforcement and utilities.
The Washington Post — Nick Anderson and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Community colleges, long the unsung foundation of higher education in America, have reached a perilous turning point. These two-year public colleges, offering associate’s degrees, workforce training and a low-price opportunity to get started on a bachelor’s degree, had roughly 10 percent fewer students at the beginning of the school year compared with 2019.
Growing community colleges matters not only for the economy, experts say, but also for the causes of racial and social justice. Huge numbers of students of color rely on them to climb the social ladder: About 13 percent of students at public two-year colleges in 2019 were Black, and 26 percent were Hispanic. Community colleges embody many American ideals.
For more than two centuries, the manufacturing industry has adopted new technologies and provided new jobs for workers. Today, the industry is experiencing exciting and exponential change, as technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and Internet of Things (IoT) are rapidly changing the workplace. While some predicted that these new technologies would eliminate jobs, we have found the reverse—more jobs are actually being created.
McKinsey Global Institute
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries. It has also revealed the extent to which global supply chains are exposed to shocks and disruptions. All of this has occurred at a moment when new technologies, process innovations, input trends, and demand patterns are reshaping manufacturing worldwide, creating opportunities in many cases.
These events have deepened the urgency for the United States to build on an agenda that recognizes the importance of domestic manufacturing for a strong economy and national resilience, both today and in the future. But it will be important to pursue this agenda with a clear view of global competition, since many countries, including China, are continuing to expand their capabilities and compete on dimensions beyond labor costs.
MSSC Nationwide Certification Programs For Front-line Technicians in Manufacturing and Logistics (M&L)
Manufacturing Skills Standard Council
Officially endorsed in 1998 by the federal National Skill Standards Board, the MSSC, an industry-led, 501(c)(3) non-profit, is America’s leader in training and certifying the foundational technical competencies for front-line technicians (entry-level up to first line supervisory) in advanced manufacturing and supply chain logistics.
To address the demand for job-specific training, these colleges are giving students more ways to gain work experience and short-term credentials while in school.
Gad Levanon, Elizabeth Crofoot, and Frank Steemers
A study of the Great Recession, automation anxiety, and widespread unemployment. Although some touted the potential for job creation, others predicted catastrophic job loss. But what is the real story?
This report from Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the Education Commisison of the States (ECS) is the seventh annual review of CTE and career readiness policies across the United States.
What Jeff Kondel had done for our program has truly put us on the map at Manatee Technical College. He has gone way above and beyond to help our program get where it is today. The ROOTS engineering package…can help people, our young student learners, become high-tech learners in the shortest amount of time… This package allows the maximum amount of learning in the shortest amount of time, making it one of the most efficient educational packages I’ve ever seen in my 40 years of teaching.
I believe that if we are going to be competitive in [the] United States, we need a paradigm shift in education; in that, ROOTS engineering will play a major role.
Robots have been a part of industry longer than you might think. The patent for the first industrial robot, Unimate, was granted in 1961. However, times have changed… According to the Robotics Industries Association, a collaborative robot, also known as a “cobot”, is specifically designed to work directly with humans, side-by-side, within a defined collaborative workspace.
What Do Cobots Offer Manufacturers?
Universal Robotics shares the history of ROOTS as ROOTS programs prepare for new growth.
Learn about how the ROOTS systems are taking off – and why – in the latest robotics news.
Your robotics package is an innovative breath of fresh air in this arena. Starting with the total cost of robotic ownership, it has been somewhat prohibitive for educators to get the trainer dollars to spend to get a comprehensive suite consisting of multiple robotic cells so that the students can actually spend a reasonable amount of time to learn the language and the programming sequences to allow for simple routines. The next hurdle is the time and expense that is required to send the instructor to the ‘factory’ classes and have them away for weeks at a time. This model alleviates the travel and expense of training the trainer… the curriculum and the content map are effortlessly and organically fine-tuned during the training as well. Dense educational value is very important to me. The ROOTS educational package provides the absolute best experience for the students…