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SNN: Launch U Addresses Talent Gap

Jan 12, 2018
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Jobs that pay well are open right now and companies are looking for skilled workers to fill them. School News Network is taking on this topic in new series: Bridging the Talent Gap.

Over the past year, more than 4,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in West Michigan, according to Talent 20-25, a force working to meet the demand for talent in this area.

SNN: School Work Gap

Dec 8, 2017
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Some 37-million baby boomers will retire in the next decade and its estimated 21-million workers will enter the workforce to replace them. As we hear from the School News Network collaborative efforts are underway in schools to help bridge the talent gap.

When it comes to starting early in career exploration, Kentwood students are hitting the nail on the head – literally. Fifth-graders hammer nails into lumber, learn how to construct walls and assemble pipes at Endeavor Elementary during a STEM event – a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math.

School News Network: Watch D.O.G.S.

Nov 28, 2017
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A new series from inside Kent ISD public schools highlights the power of parents who give their time to help students and teachers in area classrooms. One effort driven by dads started small and is gaining momentum fast. Joy Walczak has the story.

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A Northview High School art teacher is getting ready to receive top honors at an upcoming conference with her peers.

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked Tricia, “You drew these from figures moving on a screen?”

“That was the first time I realized maybe I’m good at something,” Erickson recalls with a smile, in her Northview High School art classroom.