A big space with stuff to get a fun job done. The job might be mechanical, electrical, or even digital or aesthetic arts. The space might consist of tools, electrical equipment, 3D printers, robotic equipment, or paints. What is it? IT is a “makerspace”, sometimes called a “hackerspace” or “Fab Lab”. According to Popular Science magazine, as of 2016 there were over 480 makerspaces … Read More Maker Spaces – Why They Matter to CTE
Welcome or welcome back. In Part 1, I noted that the percentage of “middle jobs”, those requiring some college but not a 4-yr degree, have risen dramatically as the workforce has grown. In 1973, there were about 11 million of these jobs in the US. Now, it is estimated that there are over 41 million. The need has almost quadroupled in the past 45 … Read More This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Vo Tech – Part 2
It is not likely that you will build a birdfeeder, style hair, or program an app perfectly the first time – but perfection isn’t needed. Our forefathers were far from perfect! You just need to stick with it, remember why you are there, and eventually (speaking from the experience of many) great outcomes, projects, opportunites and people will come your way!
Would you agree that much has changed in 30 years? Put another way, what is the same today as it was in 1987? That was the year that Michael Jackson was “Bad”, and Rick Astley was “Never Gonna Give You Up”. High school students were either “college prep” or “vo-tech”. Being a vo-tech student didn’t have a great vibe. Usually it meant you weren’t … Read More This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Vo Tech! – Part 1
There are many different types of schools these days. Charter schools, blended schools, online schools, and magnet schools are a few of the types that you hear about. In all of these cases, students who take Career Technical Education (CTE) electives enjoy the courses because the content is practical and practice-able. One question I hear often is: “How does a student get the hands … Read More How DO They Get Hands-On Experience Anyhow??
Bad news, bad news, bad news. It’s all over the airwaves and internet today. But last week at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, all I saw was good news and inspiration. Imagine an event with the spirit of a religious revival where 16,000 people including 6,000 students competed, shared and grew. Imagine these young people as well-spoken, hip, respectful, talented teens who … Read More Inspired @ SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference