Integrating Schools and Industry for a More Innovative Society

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From Innovation Management:

Author is suggesting that with the advent of the 4th industrial revolution children ought to start contributing to progress at the age of 6 years, through a learning-oriented but paid work for 3 hours per day, indeed with involvement in the hi-tech end of things. The future is now, and there is no more learning and preparing for the future.

1. The passive mode of the current school education

I have dealt with the education domain for many decades, in the academy and business, I have trained hundreds of people and companies, this on the international scope, and this is my experience. I do not exaggerate when I say I believe the current school systems everywhere in the world, public and private, represent a great waste of money and time for humanity. The current school system might have been good up to some 50 years ago, but is definitely obsolete for our time. So much has changed in the last thirty years and we are still practicing an ancient education system.

The current system is mainly about keeping the young people busy outside the home for so many hours per day! Putting young people for some 10 – 12 years in the school system in buildings, keeping them in a passive mode of just receiving for a long period of their lives, just getting prepared for the future, i.e. for the big day when they can join society, is in my opinion a serious human rights violation.

1.1. Little practical value is gained in the present school

The school is here, and real life is there. There is a gigantic gap between school and real life.

Most of the things that are learned in school are of no practical value to the future life. Almost nothing will be used of what we learn at school except possibly in the narrow field of specialization later, if going to college or university. The school is here, and real life is there. There is a gigantic gap between school and real life. You are getting prepared for real life, but it is all in the future and not now.  All that is useful in life is taught outside the school: Swimming, bike riding, photography, martial art, cooking, driving license, dancing, carpentry, haircut, repair things at home, how to sew a shirt, how to repair a motor, how to repair a mobile, how to find a job ..

it is all about “pretend” at school. Nothing tangible is done. School is mainly about theory and pretend we are doing this and solving this problem, but never doing a real thing. When looking back, the school years are like a big empty hole in our memory and existence. Most successful people on the planet, including great scientists, were not that good at school.

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Creating the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce

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From Advanced Manufacturing Media:

An industry regarded as dirty, loud and dangerous must do more to attract young people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing, while companies should promote their technology in the 21st century as exciting, cutting-edge, clean, safe and fun, according to a panel of experts.

Manufacturing businesses must also address a gender imbalance that sees a dearth of female workers across the country, while also focusing on recruiting tech-savvy kids who can be convinced of a future in the industry, the experts said.

Meanwhile, recent research on public perceptions of the industry suggests that although many Americans believe it to be vital to the economy, and that jobs of the future will be high-tech and involve using innovative renewable energy sources, they still hold negative perceptions of manufacturing generally.

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5 Findings on Connecting High School Students to Apprenticeship

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From New America:

As policymakers contemplate new ways to prepare students for college and careers, youth apprenticeship stands out as a compelling option. Research from New America’s Center on Education & Skills (CESNA) suggests youth apprenticeship is gaining steam in many states.

In a new report, Youth Apprenticeship in America Today: Connecting High School Students to Apprenticeship, produced with support from the Siemens Foundation, Brent Parton summarizes findings from a year-long research effort that included focus groups, polling, a national landscape scan, and interviews with practitioners and national experts.  The report looks back at the history of youth apprenticeship in the U.S. and analyzes current trends to offer five key findings, which include: public openness to youth apprenticeship, insights from a diverse landscape of existing programs, and profiles of state strategies underway to expand youth apprenticeship opportunities in high-demand industries like advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology, and healthcare.

Immersive Technology Could Help Change How We Work

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From the Atlantic:

What if an office could be anywhere you wanted, at any time? And what would that mean for people, countries, and even robots?

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Work and specialized labor are at the heart of many issues related to globalization, immigration, and borders: People emigrate to new countries for work, and companies are increasingly firming up their international presence and looking to make international hires. Technology allows workers to collaborate and share information in real-time, even if they’re not physically together.

Augmented reality (AR), which puts digital representations of objects into your physical space, could be the key to changing how we think about work. AR has quickly evolved from a laboratory experiment to a staple in pop culture, entertainment, and media, and 67 percentof organizations are considering incorporating it into their procedures.

During his keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about a virtual reality meeting space the company developed, called Facebook Spaces.

“This virtual reality experience is going to give you a taste of what it’s like to have this real sense of presence with your friends, no matter where they are in the world, and to start interacting with all kinds of digital objects on the road to fully augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg.

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Industrial Commons Bringing Innovation to Manufacturing in Western North Carolina

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From the Appalachian Regional Commission Spotlight

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Western North Carolina has a long and proud heritage in the production of textiles and furniture, but the Regional manufacturing industry has been hit hard by automation and outsourcing. The Industrial Commons is revitalizing the manufacturing tradition through the Carolina Textile District, a multi-state network of small and medium-sized textile and apparel manufacturers based in Morganton, North Carolina. With ARC support, the Carolina Textile District is building a value chain network that benefits textile producers across the Region by hosting skill-building workshops for new and existing businesses, building important relationships within the industry, piloting a workforce training program, and more. The Industrial Commons works with over 50 small firms in Western North Carolina and across the rural southeast to build a sustainable, equitable rural manufacturing sector.

Earlier this month, Molly Hemstreet and Sara Chester, co-Directors of the Industrial Commons, were awarded a coveted  J.M.K. Innovation Prize for their vision for the Region’s manufacturing industry. The J.M.K Innovation Prize “focuses especially on new ideas piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries at a stage when they typically struggle to acquire seed funding. This year, applicants responded to rapidly shifting challenges in communities across America through efforts that promise profound social impacts.” The Prize means Industrial Commons will receive a $175,000 award and technical assistance over the course of three years to further their impact and share their model with other organizations and across sectors. According to Hemstreet and Chester, “The Industrial Commons is rebuilding a diverse working class. We lead and implement a new vision for labor organizing in rural, industrial work. We encourage and equip a new generation of workers to build pride, skill, and ownership in manufacturing. This preserves our heritage industries and roots previously extracted wealth in the hands of our communities through local ownership and control.”

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Potential Role of Secondary CTE Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs

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From Perkins Collaborative Research Network

Much has been written in recent years about the need to provide greater work-based learning opportunities for high school students as an instructional strategy to better prepare students for college and the workforce. Several reports, such as Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century and Learning for Jobs have argued that other countries, those with robust apprenticeship systems, do a much better job than the United States in preparing all students for careers. This project explores the potential role that secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs may play in preparing students for apprenticeship programs.

Through site visits and interviews of current secondary CTE programs that align with and articulate to apprenticeship programs in a variety of contexts and Career Clusters®, local CTE programs are profiled for common elements and practices that characterize effective programs, as well as the underlying supports and programmatic features that enable success. Resources include a Resource Guide describing the characteristics of effective programs and strategies for engaging employers; three mini-guides offering strategies for aligning CTE and apprenticeship programs, tailored for use by employers, local and regional teams, and state teams; a site visit report and site profiles; and instructional videos and webinars on CTE-Apprenticeship alignment that include lessons learned from local programs.

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Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy announces partnership with Georgia Tech

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From Floyd County Board of Education

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Floyd County Schools (FCS) is pleased to announce collaborative agreement between FCS College and Career Academy (CCA) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). This collaboration is part of the GTRI and FCS CCA’s on-going strategy to increase partnerships with business and industry. As a unit of the University System of Georgia, understanding and meeting the needs of industry to help create jobs in the state is a priority to Georgia Tech, and FCS is proud to provide these relevant learning opportunities to students.

“Many of our students are not aware of the different subsets of engineering.  Areas like environmental and biomedical engineering are new and emerging fields and cross over into many different educational disciplines,” said John Parker, FCS Executive Director of Academics. “Relevance is attained through experience. To understand what an environmental engineer does requires actually meeting an environmental engineer.  GTRI has gone out of their way to bridge the relevance gap for our students. We are extremely lucky to have them as a partner.”

On Tuesday, September 19th, 45 students from FCS CCA visited the GTRI to kick off the yearlong project. Students were excited and eager to have the opportunity to work with the professors and graduate students to begin the process of identifying and developing relevant projects that they will be working on during the school year that will be beneficial to the community.

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New port would take 50K trucks off Atlanta roads

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From 11Alive News:

The port is expected to shift all that truck traffic to freight trains.  

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Author: Doug Richards
Published: 6:27 PM EDT October 23, 2017

ATLANTA — A new inland port opening next year will take 50,000 trucks off the road in Atlanta annually, according to the state Port Authority. The port is expected to shift all that truck traffic to freight trains.

Interstate 285 is designed to bear the weight of truck traffic around Atlanta, and passenger vehicles often feel it. “They get one (truck) on each side (of my car) and it’s a little bit too much,” said Robin Moon, a DeKalb County resident.

“A 15-minute trip takes 40 minutes because of tractor-trailers,” said Karl Douglas of Stockbridge, gassing up at a QuikTrip in DeKalb County. Just south of I-285 near Stockbridge, truck traffic jumped 15 percent from 2006 to 2013, the last year data was available, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

But the state is hoping that a new port facility under construction near Chatsworth will at least slow the growth of truck traffic around Atlanta.

The Port of Savannah dispatches thousands of trucks throughout the state. Many of them use highways connecting Savannah to Atlanta and points north. The new port is expected to divert much of that truck traffic by sending freight on railroad lines from Savannah, through Atlanta and on to Chatsworth.

CANDOR TO CREATE 675 JOBS, INVEST $39 MILLION IN ROME

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From the Georgia Department of Economic Development

ATLANTA – October 19, 2017 –The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Candor, a healthcare coverage marketplace specializing in pairing consumers with top health plans, will create 675 jobs over five years in Floyd County. Through 2023, the company plans to invest $39 million into the local economy as it hires, builds out and trains its technical, sales and customer management teams.

“We are always proud when innovative companies like Candor choose Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Candor is leveraging the power of technology to effectively reach its consumers, and Rome provides them access to the workforce they need to support its growth.”

Candor has developed a smartphone app and chatbot to help consumers find appropriate health care coverage plans. The app and its associated software platform also incorporate tools and support for partner insurance agencies, health insurance carriers, and health care providers. In addition to providing access to health care coverage plans for consumers, Candor enables secure and instant transactions and provides agents and carriers with the ability to visualize market trends and business performance.

“Our community is home to approximately 100,000 people, with a median age of 35, representing a significant group of Millennials,” said John Good, COO and co-founder, Candor. “We launched Candor to make health insurance simple to buy and easy to understand for this population. This is essential, because 97 percent of Americans don’t know what their health insurance covers, and 63 percent of bankruptcies are due to unexpected health expenses,” he said. “We’re pleased to choose Rome as our headquarters, and excited to bring new professional jobs, and a vibrant company culture, to this welcoming city.”

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