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Latino gap in STEM workforce is not narrowing, Pew study finds

Latino gap in STEM workforce is not narrowing, Pew study finds

Nicole Acevedo

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.

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Community College Enrollment Plummeting, Impacting Gainesville Residents

Community College Enrollment Plummeting, Impacting Gainesville Residents

Cassandra Dergins


In the fall of 2020, Santa Fe College recorded a 12 percent decrease in enrollment, while the College of Central Florida in Ocala saw a decline of more than seven percent. They’re part of the national trend of falling enrollment at community colleges. Recent studies done by the National Student Clearinghouse show that enrollment at community colleges has dropped by over 10 percent nationwide this past fall semester.This trend is disproportionately affecting Black, Hispanic, and Native American students whose national undergraduate enrollment has decreased by 7.5%, 5.4% and 9.6%, respectively, in the fall of 2020. “This pandemic is introducing additional disadvantages for the already disadvantaged,” Ortagus said.

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Building Equitable Upskilling Programs: It’s Not Degree Vs. Short Credentials — It’s Both

Building Equitable Upskilling Programs: It’s Not Degree Vs. Short Credentials — It’s Both

Allison Dulin Salisbury


Recent efforts to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion measures have employers questioning nearly everything about their hiring processes. And, suddenly, degree requirements are being reconsidered in a big way — with employers finally reconsidering whether they are necessary for many job roles. They’ve come to see degree requirements for what they too often are: an unnecessary barrier for black and brown employees, which restrict access to jobs they are qualified to do.

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How the skills gap is changing the degree path

Mikhail Zinshteyn

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.

Shortage of Skilled Workers Greater Threat to US Economy than Automation

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? 

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2019 Year in Review

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. 

Gil Burlew

Dept. Head ACT at Manatee County School Board, Manatee Technical College

Working and Growing with Collaborative Robots

Marlon Walker

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?

ROOTS Engineering Services use of UR Cobots leads to jobs - and hugs

Travis Langford

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…

Robert K. MacMillan

Senior Mechatronics Instructor, Valencia College Advanced Manufacturing Center