High school curriculum changes loosening algebra requirement signed into law on June 25

LANSING -- High schools will better prepare some students for a career after graduation, according to supporters of a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today that allow technical education classes to be substituted for Algebra II.

The changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum allow for career and technical education courses to substitute for the second algebra class requirement if those courses incorporate the algebra material. Students will also get more information on how to use the "personal curriculum" option to structure their high school schedules to incorporate career and technical education courses.

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Mike Rowe "Gut Check" from Meeting Vassar MI Vet

Mike Rowe calls meeting quadruple amputee, Vassar veteran Travis Mills a 'gut check'

VASSAR, MI — Mike Rowe was at The Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, when a fan asked to meet him.

The host of the former Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs" agreed, even though he was rushing to get through a crowd as he headed backstage. The fan was retired Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, a Vassar native and one of five American soldiers to survive a quadruple amputation.

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Bloomberg article concludes apprenticeships offer a path to higher pay for women

A March 26 Bloomberg.com article focuses on the fact that apprenticeship offers a great path to higher wages for women.

The article notes that "Women ages 16 and older comprise 53.6 percent of the U.S. labor force, yet in 2012 made up about 64 percent of minimum-wage workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics."

The article also cites a July 2012 Labor Department by Princeton, New Jersey-based Mathematica Policy Research study of registered apprentices in 10 states which showed that in the sixth year after enrollment women made $2,615 more annually than nonparticipants.

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2014 Spring Conference a Huge Success

2014 spring confEducators and apprenticeship professionals from all across the state of Michigan gathered in Detroit from May 21 to 23 for MEATA's 2014 Spring Apprenticeship Conference.

If you didn't attend, you missed a great conference. But you can get a glimpse of what you missed by accessing presentations from the conference and checking out some of the photos from the event!

If you attended the event and have photos to share, please Login (if you have an account) or Register an account (if you don't) and you'll be able to upload/share your photos as well.

 

 

WSJ Article Asks "Why Are Apprenticeships in Decline?"

An Apr. 27, 2014, article in the Wall Street Journal poses the following question: Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap. So Why Are They in Decline?

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Ask CEOs and corporate recruiters whether they're finding the workers they need and they'll lament about a skills gap that threatens productivity and growth—not just in their companies but in the economy at large.

Yet employers and state legislators have been decidedly lukewarm about a proven solution to the problem: apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships can offer a precise match between the skills employers want and the training workers receive, says Robert Lerman, an economics professor at American University.

"It's a great model for transferring skills from one generation to the next," says John Ladd, director of the Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship.

Nevertheless, according to the Labor Department, formal programs that combine on-the-job learning with mentorships and classroom education fell 40% in the U.S. between 2003 and 2013.

All of which leads to the question: If apprenticeships are the solution to a pressing problem, why is there so much resistance?

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