About 19.9 million students enrolled in college this year, a 1.5% decrease from 2012, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse. The largest enrollment decreases were at four-year, for-profit colleges, which were down 9.7%, while two-year public colleges saw a decline of 3.1%. A number of factors were cited for the decreases, including fewer high-school graduates and an improving job market luring more people into the workforce.
About 1,200 graduating high-school seniors in New York state are being sought as paid volunteers to take a new General Educational Development test being developed by CTB/McGraw-Hill. Under the plan, schools would receive $80 per student who takes the seven-hour exam, with state recommending that each student receive $70.
West Virginia Northern Community College and Pierpont Community and Technical College will jointly launch a new oil and natural gas training center, which will include indoor and outdoor laboratories. Associate and certificate programs in petroleum technology will be offered. "The oil and gas industry spoke, and we responded," said Martin Olshinsky, president of West Virginia Northern.
A nonprofit recruited 30 at-risk high-school students to help retrofit muscle cars with electric engines, and will let them drive the car on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. The catch? The car is fitted with a computer that doles out battery power based on how much social chatter the youths can generate: 5 watts for a new Twitter follower, and a single watt per Facebook "like." Generating the 71,040 watts needed to drive from Kansas City, Mo., to Washington will help the students develop confidence and a sense of community, organizers say.
A new program being piloted at a Connecticut high school seeks to engage the energy workers of the future by offering a crash course in the next-generation solutions that will revolutionize the industry. The Light Up Your Future, or LUYF, program -- which was introduced at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology in Hartford -- is a project of Northeast Utilities and the Energy Providers Coalition for Education, and includes online classes and a paid internship at Connecticut Power & Light.