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Article Education Trends for Tennessee

Tennessee launches EduTrendsTN

On September 30, Tennessee announces the launch of a new website called EduTrendsTN.  The new EduTrendsTN website (www.edutrendstn.com)  provides insights into educational outcomes, wages, and labor supply and demand across the state of Tennessee. The site was developed by College Measures in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Article WVU Today

WVU study: College grads contribute far more to state’s economy than it costs to educate them

At a time when questions are being raised about the value and cost of higher education, a new study released today (Oct. 1) suggests that education beyond high school creates an economic impact in West Virginia alone of $4 for every $1 spent.

The study commissioned by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission shows that the economic impact of the 2010 graduating class of the state’s public colleges and university will generate nearly $6 billion in economic impact for the state over a 20-year period – or more than four times the estimated $1.4 billion that was spent from all sources, including $404 million from state appropriations.

Article The New York Times

A Case Study in Lifting College Attendance

Sydney Nye was a straight-A student with an SAT score high enough to apply to any college in the country. When her senior year of high school in Wilmington, Del., started about nine months ago, she had dreams of becoming a chemical engineer.

Article West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Governor Tomblin declares statewide “College Application and Exploration Week”

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has designated October 20 – 24 as “College Application and Exploration Week” in an effort to help students prepare for college. Schools across the state will participate by hosting a variety of hands-on activities including college application workshops, panel discussions with current college students and college scavenger hunts and trivia contests.

Article Education Week

‘R U on Track for College?’ Texting a New Strategy

As educators look for ways to keep high school seniors on track for college and to avoid the “summer melt” that leads some astray in the months after they graduate, a new strategy is gaining ground: texting.

This year, West Virginia launched a pilot program that alerts students about deadlines for financial aid, registration, and student orientation, among other matters, with personalized messages on their mobile phones. The texting initiative targets students from low-income families—especially those set to become the first in their families to attend college.

SREB’s Go Alliance consulted with West Virginia to launch this program. 

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Health Informatics

The health-care industry needs workers who can design, manage and use technology to analyze data and information that can inform better health-care decisions, and in turn, improve the delivery of health-care services. Advanced Career Health Informatics (HI) introduces students to the discipline through a series of authentic projects that merge information science, computer science and health care. This webinar will explore the HI curriculum with examples of projects that require students to use information technology, data analysis software and statistics to address a range of health-related topics.

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Aerospace Engineering

How can aircraft become faster, economically feasible and environmentally friendly? How can we use technology employed in space exploration and apply it to exploring unknown territory such as the ocean floor? The Advanced Career Aerospace Engineering (AE) pathway curriculum helps students answer these questions. This webinar will explore the AE curriculum with projects that require students to design, build, test and analyze the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, rockets and unmanned vehicles. It will show how students utilize tools such as Excel, LabVIEW and sensing systems to collect and analyze data, and how projects require students to apply literacy, mathematics and science concepts and use technology to effectively solve authentic, challenging problems.

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Innovations in Science and Technology

The Innovations in Science and Technology (IST) curriculum will develop students’ technological literacy and stimulate their interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The webinar will explore the IST curriculum with examples of projects that require students to solve science and technology problems, learn to apply the habits of mind and behavior unique to STEM professionals, and utilize National Instruments’ LabVIEW software and myDAQ data acquisition devices to work as engineers in making and analyzing scientific measurements.

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Clean Energy Technology

The Clean Energy Technology (CET) curriculum enables students to apply fundamental science and operating principles of clean energy systems to authentic problems. This webinar will explore the curriculum with examples of CET projects that help students understand motors and generators, photovoltaic systems, water and energy conservation, wind turbines, biofuel generation, bioreactors, water power, energy harvesting, fuel cells and nuclear power.