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Herman Planten 
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Re: “Wrestling the Octopus: Vermont Leaders Strive to Remake Career Education

Jay Eshelman

"Vocational studies are still looked down upon by teachers who are rewarded when they receive additional college credits (primarily in the liberal arts) from the prescribed 'professional development' benefits inherent in their union contracts. There are no salary 'step increases' for welding, plumbing, electrical or CNC certifications"

Ironic really considering many of these folks received their start in a VT high school CTE program and now they return as teachers only to be told the path taken is sub-par to the traditional ivory tower path

Why did you put me on the path in the first place?

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Posted by Herman Planten on 10/13/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Assembly Required: Vermont Tech's New Manufacturing Degree Program Builds Better Workers

"Two years ago, GW approached Vermont Tech to help alter those perceptions. As part of the company's long-term strategic plan to grow its local workforce (see below) it decided, in the words of VMEC's Zider, "to put some skin in the game." GW donated $35,000 toward Vermont Tech's new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, one of five new manufacturing labs on the Randolph Center campus."

"It was quiet and student-free last week during a tour of Vermont Tech's new $2 million manufacturing training facility. "Shop class" doesn't look the way it did 20 years ago."

GW Plastics donated 35,000. Where did the other 1 million 900 thousand come from?

Who are the others that made this happen?

Posted by Herman Planten on 06/16/2017 at 8:23 AM

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