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Friday April 17, 2015
SAP Job Shadow day
“Helping the World Run Better” is no small feat, but that is what the largest worldwide independent software manufacturer, SAP, endeavors to do with its products and services. SAP’s 280,000 customer organizations produce 78% of the world’s food and 82% of its medical devices, and over the last several years, SAP has extended its reach further to high school education. SAP is currently partnering with secondary and postsecondary education institutions in Vancouver, Canada, and Brooklyn, New York, to implement specialized career pathways focused on information technology. In these programs,...
Tags: Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Friday April 3, 2015
Amy Loyd at White House
Last week, I represented Jobs for the Future at a White House discussion focused on STEM high schools and business and industry’s role in supporting young people in their STEM and career-focused learning.  Convened by Change the Equation (CTEq), I joined a group of executives from leading national companies—such as Honda, IBM, and DuPont—as well as other nonprofits, federal agencies, universities, and practitioners to draft potential action steps for employers to support STEM learning in four key areas: Strategic Funding, Community STEM Advocates, Work-Based Learning Curriculum, and Student...
Tags: STEM, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Addressing Employer Needs
Tuesday July 8, 2014
A mother and her children smiling and posing for the camera
I recently had the privilege of representing Jobs for the Future at the White House Summit on Working Families. The high-energy event brought together employers, policymakers, advocates, academics, union leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss a wide range of issues that impact working families in our country—from paid sick and maternity leave to career ladders, and from child care, and eldercare to workplace flexibility. It was a reminder that while all working families struggle to balance their time, the working poor and those stuck on the “sticky floor” of the labor market experience...
Tags: STEM, Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways
Tuesday June 17, 2014
Students presenting their work at the Marlborouh Spring STEM 2014 Showcase.
Ninth grader Leticia Dos Santos wiped the sweat off her brow and smiled earnestly as she demonstrated how the energy harvested from pedaling a bicycling could be used to light up the high school soccer field scoreboard. “If I had known about this earlier, I wouldn’t have done my exercise this morning,” joked Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester. The Commissioner had come to Marlborough STEM Early College High School to observe the students’ impressive showcase of innovative and interdisciplinary capstone projects. Ninth-grade STEM students were given the task of helping...
Tags: Career Pathways, STEM, Early College, Dual Enrollment, Green Skills
Monday March 3, 2014
The United States has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the career and college readiness of the nation’s children—now let’s see if we can take it. The most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores demonstrate that America’s students failed to improve at all on their reading, science, and math performances, resulting in yet another slip in the international rankings. The 2012 results show that compared to 2009, U.S. teenagers fell from 25th to 31st in math; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center...
Tags: Workforce Partnership, Student-Centered Learning, STEM