SkillUp Washington was recently awarded a grant for $750,000 to help low-skilled adults enter manufacturing careers. The 3-year award from Boeing, called the Manufacturing Advancement Pathways Project (MAPP), is to be used in four area schools, Shoreline Community College, Renton Technical College, South Seattle Community College, and Everett Community College.
Compared with 20 years ago, Washington is losing ground in the percentage of students who attend college full time right after graduating high school. In 1992, Washington ranked 11th in the country, 4% above the national average. By 2008, while the national percentage jumped 9%, the rate in Washington dropped by 4%, reducing the state’s ranking to 46th. Read more from the Seattle Times article.
The program came about as part of a state initiative that allocated $3.8 million each to both WSU and the University of Washington to increase engineering and computer science graduates and to address a critical shortage of engineers in Washington. The support will result in a more than 30 percent increase in students throughout WSU’s engineering programs. The new Everett program is modeled on a similar effort for place-bound students in Bremerton that saw its first graduates this spring. Students in the program will follow WSU’s semester system and pay WSU tuition rates. Faculty will come from Everett and Pullman, and courses originate from both campuses. Several classes will be broadcast via video, and students will take some summer laboratory classes in Pullman. Upon graduation, the students will have fulfilled WSU degree requirements.
“The WSU Everett program is addressing two major concerns for the state by providing more affordable and accessible higher education options for students and more engineers who are critically needed for our economy,’’ said Bob Olsen, associate dean of undergraduate programs and student services for WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture. “This is another example of how WSU is meeting its land-grant mission to educate our state’s residents in a critical field.’’
National leaders whose work shapes new ideas in education discuss: What is the future we hope to realize for our children 50 years from now? What are the skills today’s children need in order to become the architects of a better world tomorrow? How are new advances in areas such as technology, gaming and brain research opening up exciting new pathways for teaching and learning? How will we make innovations in education meaningful and accessible to all children in the Next 50? How will the investments we make in educating very young children today profoundly affect our community – for better or for worse – in the next 50 years?
- Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., Creative Director of Social Chocolate, Director of Game Research and Development at Institute for the Future, best-selling author of Reality is Broken, named by The New York Times as one of 10 scientists with the best vision for what’s coming next.
- Milton Chen, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of Edutopia/The George Lucas Educational Foundation
- Roger Weissberg, Ph.D., Psychology Professor at University of Illinois and CEO of Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL)
- Bette Hyde, Ph.D., Director of Washington State Department of Early Learning
- Moderated by Kristen French, Ph.D., Director of Western Washington University Center for Education Equity and Diversity
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In recognition of the need to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in America’s public schools, President Obama announced plans to create a STEM Master Teacher Corps. The President plans to dedicate $1 billion from the 2013 budget request currently before Congress to this program. Read more about this program on the White House website.
The University of Washington announced that it would be the first university in the U.S. to offer for-credit online courses. Read more on the Seattle Times.
Applications are now being accepted for the newly created Washington State Opportunity Scholarshop program. This public-private partnership was created by the Washington State Legislature in 2011 to provide assistance to students of families earning up to 125% of the median family income and who are pursuing a degree in certain high demand fields. These fields include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and in health care. Funding for this program was initially seeded with $5 million from the state of Washington, with Boeing and Microsoft commiting to a combined $50 million. Click here for more information or to apply.