What 8 States Are Doing to Build Better Pathways From High School to Careers

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What 8 States Are Doing to Build Better Pathways From High School to Careers
News from Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription):

Eight states are tackling a growing disconnect between the nation’s education system and its economy by exposing more middle-school and high-school students to jobs, making education relevant to careers, and beefing up alternatives to the four-year college degree, according to a new report from the Pathways to Prosperity Network.

The network, which began in 2012, works with 10 states to build pathways that connect the final years of high school with the first few years of career training in fields facing worker shortages, including information technology, health care, and advanced manufacturing. Led by the nonprofit group Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the network is trying to increase the number of high-school graduates earning a postsecondary credential that will lead to a decent-paying job.

“There’s a lot of momentum around the idea of providing a much stronger set of career pathways for young people,” said Robert Schwartz, a professor emeritus at the Harvard education school.

Mr. Schwartz, one of several experts on work-force training who discussed the new report in a conference call with…………… continues on Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

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Area high school bands to march in VP parade Friday
News from Belleville News Democrat:

Six high school bands from the metro-east will march in the annual Veiled Prophet parade at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Louis. A total of 11 bands will compete in the 2014 Liberty Drum Challenge. The winning band will receive $ 10,000 in cash and prizes.

The metro-east marching bands participating include Alton Catholic, Belleville East, Collinsville, Mater Dei Catholic in Breese, O’Fallon and Staunton.

The bands will be judged at locations along the parade route by judges selected from the band staffs of several midwestern universities. The parade steps off at the Muny on Theatre Drive in Forest Park.

In 2013, Collinsville High and O’Fallon High tied for first place and Belleville East placed third.

In addition to band awards, trophies will be presented to Outstanding Drum Majors, Outstanding Percussion Section and Outstanding Auxiliary.

The Liberty Drum Challenge awards ceremony will be held immediately after the parade in Post Foods Parade Town.

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The O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers Band Boosters organization will hold a summer festival called the O’Town 5th of July Block Party at O’Fallon Community Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday as a fundraiser for the band’s trip to the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Cal., on New Year’s Day.

The event will feature a barbecue contest, arts and cr…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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