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National Kitchen & Bath Association

Want to teach the next best thing?

Virtualization has become the hottest topic in technology. Why do we need to know about virtualization? Because virtualization is becoming as universal as smartphones Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based (or virtual) representation of something rather than a physical one. Talk about saving companies a lot of money.

National Wood Flooring Association

Woodwork Career Alliance Blazes a Trail for Rewarding Careers

Technological advances continue to transform how furniture, cabinets and other wood products are designed, manufactured, assembled and finished. In addition to developments like the advent of five-axis machining centers and robotic finishing lines, mainstay industry workhorses - table saws, moulders, sanders, etc. - have been improved to

U.S. Army Encourages Wellness and Resiliency Through “Performance Triad”

When you think about the training U.S. Army Soldiers receive, you might first think of stern Drill Sergeants issuing orders, physical training, and belly-crawls through the mud. While these scenarios may be a part of Soldiers’ training to be able to perform at their peak, the U.S. Army also promotes a more holistic type of training

We Asked, They Answered: Students Respond to Questions about How We Provide Career Education

Have you ever wondered what career prep programs would look like if students were in charge? At a recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) conference, Bright Futures Press invited 57 students representing 16 states, and ranging in age from eighth grade to recent high school graduate, to answer a few questions about

U.S. Army is Increasing its Size by Adding Soldiers in STEM Career Fields

As one of the strongest and most elite teams in the world, the U.S. Army is undertaking a new and determined mission to increase its total size to 1.018 million – an addition of approximately 28,000 Soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017.   With the deadline quickly approaching, the Army is working tirelessly to find top recruits who are

Creating a Sustainable Solution

By Kirstyn Quandt, NCCER According to the Construction Labor Market Analyzer, by 2019 we are expected to have a deficit of 1.5 million craft professionals. Just let that sink in for a moment. We aren’t talking about a few positions here and there that can easily be filled with a catchy job posting; we are talking about the future and

5 things employers can do right now to help close the STEM skills gap

By Thomas Lichtenberger, CEO, Festo Didactic, Inc. This is the final entry in a three-part series about closing the STEM skills gap. Previous installments covered what high school teachers and colleges and universities can do right now to better prepare students for jobs of the future. STEM-related industries are on the rise. Driven by

Finding a Future in Agriculture

By Christine White, Director, Education Division, National FFA Organization Each year, teachers across the nation work with students as they begin exploring careers in multiple fields of study. This exploration focuses on interests, educational requirements, individual job accountabilities and expected salaries. Often, teachers and

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