Not knowing what tasks will be automated or what future jobs will look like, how should schools prepare students now? Schools are not going to be able to keep up with every tech development — companies cannot always keep up — so a lot of the learning will have to take place on the job. Internships are a great way for companies to offer students a chance to get both a taste of a career and pick up new skills. Older workers will also need employers to step in and help them train on new tools.
Building on his commitment to prepare students to use computers and technology in their careers, Governor Tom Wolf announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth. The targeted grants represent the next phase of the governor’s new and innovative PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, and professional development for teachers. With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science.
Researchers found that only 3 percent of U.S. high-school girls and 7 percent of boys get the recommended amount of sleep, exercise and screen time daily, according to findings published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study also showed the populations least likely to meet the guidelines are black and Asian teenagers, along with adolescents with depression symptoms or who are obese.
The price of airtime would have been roughly $3.36 million but for Girls Inc., and its 81 affiliates in the United States and Canada, the impact of boosting its message of empowerment during the Super Bowl probably cannot be calculated. CBS Corporation, a long-term supporter of Girls Inc., provided 20 seconds of airtime during Super Bowl LIII for a public service ad touting the organization and empowerment of girls. The ad included members of the New York Giants football team and the Macaroons, a team of girls who score against them. CBS also provided production of the ad.
On a recent day in Pittsburgh, students at a performing arts charter school were learning about dance and about the importance of diversity from Tre Frazier, a dancer in the national touring company of “Hamilton.” Throughout the city, other students were busy discovering new ideas at museums and libraries. Some were even getting real-world entrepreneurial training at pop-up businesses launched within their own school buildings. That is how education happens in many parts of the Pittsburgh region, thanks to years of collaboration between schools, museums, libraries, community centers and the growing pool of stakeholders in the Remake Learning network. That innovation is now being showcased on a global scale, as Remake Learning takes the stage at the international Learnit summit in London later this month and the global nonprofit HundrED names Pittsburgh as the first city in North America to be the site of a HundrED Spotlight campaign.
When it comes to hiring candidates with the appropriate technical skill sets, 41 percent of decision makers within technology and engineering fields indicated it is becoming more difficult to find the top talent they need, according to the Technology and Engineering Workplace Trends survey by Modis, a leader in IT and engineering workforce solutions, and General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation. This survey explored the attitudes and beliefs of 1,006 decision makers in technology and engineering on issues pertaining to recruitment and benefits, employer challenges and other trends impacting the current and future workplace.