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October 16, 2013 in Blog Posts, Career Pathways, Education, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized

Building Bridges with Career Pathways Courses

By Janet M. Paulovich

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Photo Credit: Brooke Novak

Over the past year and a half, I have had the unique opportunity to work closely with a national team of educators and employers, along with a design team from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), to develop an innovative online STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Readiness course in an open educational format. The course is designed to strengthen “key skills” for workers who are retraining in new STEM Careers, and it is meant to quickly refresh basic skills in math, critical thinking, workplace communication and professional skills. Our team was able to work closely with a number of employer partners to help us design the course modules as realistically as possible. Students taking the course practice dealing with a variety of problems and situations that they will encounter on the job. The STEM Readiness course is currently available on Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative website for anyone to use and would be appropriate for a wide variety of learners, not just those interested in STEM Careers.  Read the rest of this entry →


October 11, 2013 in Blog Posts, Career Pathways, Education

New Technologies: Preparing Adult Learners

By Jenifer Baker Vanek

adult learnersThose in our society who effectively use the Internet can successfully make use of online banking, social media, information-sharing and even fantastic learning opportunities in Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) where they can access knowledge previously available only to students at elite institutions. In contrast, though not adequately prepared to do so, low-skilled adults are often required to use Internet to accomplish important tasks, like applying for social services, immigration status documents, or for jobs. Read the rest of this entry →

Education Forum

January 23, 2013 in Archives, Education

Thank You for Attending!

Your presence at our forum is a testimony to your continued dedication and belief that all children are deserving of a world-class education and a future filled with promise and opportunity. We look forward to seeing you at future forums. Materials will be available on the Mulitmedia page soon.

Future of Education in MN

January 10, 2013 in Archives, Education

Start the new year with United Way, our many education partners and stakeholders from around the region for a day filled with inspiration, information and insight.

Wednesday, January 23
7:30AM – 1:00PM See Forum Agenda
Saint Paul RiverCentre
$50 per person; no refunds after January 18
Registration CLOSED
Walk-ins Welcome

National Keynote Speaker

Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is a nationally recognized expert on education reform and finance, as well as an outspoken advocate for high-quality education for all students. See all Speaker Bios