Congratulation to St. Vrain Valley School District on the opening of their Pathways to Technology Early College High School. This first of its kind in Colorado. The high school will allow graduates to graduate with an AAS in Computer Information Technology. Organizational Harmony is proud to have assisted them in this effort.
Congratulations to Alabama Southern Community College, Murray State College, Lakeshore Technical College, and the Nevada System of Higher Education on the establishment of their distance learning programs. Organizational Harmony is proud to have been a part of that effort to establish distance learning programs for 91 colleges, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.
Congratulations to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and the Northern Wisconsin Educational Communications System on the enhancement and expansion of their distance learning network. The project includes Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Cooperative Educational Service Agency #3, and Cooperative Educational Service Agency #12, and 34 rural Wisconsin high schools. The project will deliver 197 distance learning courses for 7,312 high school students to provide them a full-range of educational opportunities to include 71 dual college credit courses.
Congratulations to Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, Monroe I BOCES, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, and the Rochester City School District for being awarded funding to expand their Advance Manufacturing program. The Advanced Manufacturing Middle Skills Secondary Education Project is a collaboration between all seven of the regions Career and Technical Education Centers and the advanced manufacturing community to strengthen the capacity of the region to produce skilled employees in the advanced manufacturing sector. The five partners will align their workforce development efforts to the needs of the advanced manufacturing sector. Collaborating with over 70 advanced manufacturers they will identify desired skill sets, revise their curriculum, renovate their facilities and retool their programs to increase our capacity and ability to provide employees with the skill sets for advanced manufacturing industries and address regional shortages in advanced manufacturing. The project has five key elements:
1) work with industry partners to develop skill maps that will define the skills students need to quickly succeed in middle skill jobs in advanced manufacturing;
2) work with industry partners to revise our Career and Technical Education curriculum to ensure we provide the units that are commonly sequenced for each school and to provide students with the opportunity to master the skills they will require in the workplace;
3) renovate our classrooms to create an environment similar to the those of advanced manufacturing –clean, process oriented, well-organized, functional, and safe;
4) based on input from regional advanced manufacturers and the FAME, align our equipment with regional advanced manufacturers; and
5) market the program to attract young students. This project will produce approximately 190 graduates a year to support the success of the advanced manufacturers in our region that have a great need for middle skills employees.
Congratulations to the St. Vrain Valley School District for their award in the US Department of Education Race to the Top-District competition. St. Vrain was awarded $16.6 million to implement innovative educational methods which include: the development of personalized learning environments, enhancement of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs, the creation of an Innovation Center, enhancement of inquiry-based learning to deepen student learning, and efforts to prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers. As part of the plan, in 2016 the district will open a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) which is a new type of school that brings together the best elements of high school, college and the professional world. Organizational Harmony is very proud to have been involved in the program development, project planning, and funding of this effort. St. Vrain’s application scored 10th out of 372 applications. Organizational Harmony also assisted two other districts with their applications, which scored 17th and 20rd out of the 372 applicants. For more information: http://www.ednewscolorado.org/2012/12/11/53707-st-vrain-wins-race-to-top-cash