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5/24/2017

Enrollment at US colleges dipped 1.5% overall for this spring semester, compared with a 1.3% decline last year, according to a study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. For-profit colleges saw the largest drop of 10.1%, while community-college enrollment dropped 2.5%, the data show.

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5/24/2017

Illinois State University this fall will offer a new cybersecurity program with support from State Farm. The program builds upon an information and security sequence offered as part of its information systems degree program, plus it expands an existing partnership with State Farm, which has been involved with competitions held at the school.

5/24/2017

Areas such as Pittsburgh that call themselves "Maker Cities" intentionally focus on nurturing ecosystems supportive to local manufacturing while embracing technology, write Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff, co-founders of social-impact and advocacy firm Maker City. Some of these cities intend to invest in becoming advanced manufacturing centers, they add.

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5/23/2017

A New York county center is using a high-powered electron microscope across many of its career and technical education classes, including courses such as cosmetology and construction trades. CTE officials also are working to develop a nanotechnology initiative in partnership with local colleges.

5/23/2017

Despite stories of perks and innovative workplaces, thousands of blue-collar workers at major companies, including Tesla and Facebook, say they are overworked and subject to intense pressure for little pay. The disconnect between how white-collar and blue-collar workers are treated and compensated could define the future for major technology companies, and may even define their future working conditions, Sarah Kessler writes.

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5/23/2017

Forestry students from a Maine career and technical education program recently competed at a "Logger's Meet" and demonstrated skills, including precision bucking and tree identification. Students were asked to showcase both skills and safety throughout the competition.

5/23/2017

The best US community colleges have prepared students for academic and career success, write Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and a former governor of Indiana, and George Miller, who represented California in the US House from 1975 to 2015. In this commentary, they share what some community colleges have done to build pipelines to the workforce, including developing business partnerships and creating simulated work programs.

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TIME magazine
5/23/2017

Michael Daniel, president of the Cyber Threat Alliance, writes that cybersecurity is a challenge for organizations for three reasons: it's more than just a technical problem; laws, policies and best practices are underdeveloped; and the rules of cyberspace aren't aligned with the rules of the physical world. Developing solutions to address these problems can lead to progress, Daniel writes in this commentary.

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5/23/2017

The 7-million-year-old jawbone of an ape found in Greece in 1944 may belong to humans' oldest common ancestor with chimpanzees and may be evidence that humans split from apes in Europe, rather than Africa, according to a pair of studies published in PLOS ONE. Researchers say the Graecopithecus freybergi jaw exhibits some similarities to those of human ancestors, following a CT scan analysis of the fossil.

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5/23/2017

The spine of an ancient Australopithecus afarensis toddler has many similarities to human spines, but it has a different upper and lower back transition that may have helped with bipedal walking, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The 3-million-year-old fossil contains 12 ribs and 12 thoracic vertebrae, the same as in modern human spines.

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LiveScience