Administrators in the Springfield School District in Oregon say career and technical programs are helping to raise graduation rates for students. The graduation rate for students who take just two CTE courses is 91%, administrators noted.
Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va., is allowing local high-school students to participate in its Junior Volunteer Program to help prepare them for nursing careers. Students in the program get hands-on experience and see the other career possibilities at a hospital.
The Greene County Career Center in Xenia, Ohio, opened and held its first classes for the school year this week. The center offers 17 career and technical education programs and has 400 new students attending this year.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is offering five new career-ready programs, thanks to $4 million in funding from the Restore Act. These programs will be held at the new West Harrison Center and will include courses for commercial truck driving, cosmetology and massage therapy.
A recent report from Glassdoor found that 13 of the 25 highest-paying careers are tech jobs, with the lowest on the list having an average salary of more than $100,000. "Technology and health care are the two industries that are making the greatest impact on the economy," said Glassdoor community expert Sarah Stoddard.
Just a few fire ants handle the majority of the work when building their nests -- a strategy that may help robot groups work more efficiently in tight spaces, according to observations published in Science. Researchers created computer models of fire ants digging tunnels and found that when the work was divided equally, it took longer than when the work was performed by a smaller team of ants.
A beetle fossil shows the insect may have helped spread cycad pollen 99 million years ago, and beetles may have been doing so since the early Mesozoic Era, according to findings published in Current Biology. The beetle was found encased in amber alongside a few grains of pollen, suggesting a relationship.
Innovative technology has revealed details on a map dating back to 1491 that may have informed explorer Christopher Columbus' view of the world. Researchers used multispectral imaging to create a copy of the map, allowing them to see parts that had been illegible because the original was so faded.
Some American crows migrate every winter and others remain where they are -- a behavior that is ingrained, rather than a conscious decision, a study published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances suggests. The study found the migrating crows always came back to the same breeding grounds, but they would vary their winter locales, likely due to climate and other environmental conditions.
Scotland's University of Glasgow has been awarded a $3.9 million grant from Cancer Research UK to study chronic myeloid leukemia treatments via lab experiments and a clinical trial. "We will take and analyze thousands of individual CML stem cells from patients enrolled in our clinical trial and study the biology of these cells both before and after treatment with new drugs," said study leader David Vetrie.
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