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Computer Programming Could Count As A Foreign Language

Florida students could choose computer programming courses instead of a foreign language as part of a bill to help Florida schools add more technology and digital instruction. The bill would require state colleges to accept two years of computer programming if the courses applied to a student’s major. State universities would have the option of […]

Why A Business Owner Is Teaching South Florida Students To Write Computer Code

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida’s schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She started the program Code Fever last year to reach that goal. “Technology will allow [the students] to build their businesses and catapult their ideas much faster and definitely […]

Changing GED Adds New Problems To An Old Test

Uzelea Evans has had a tough run recently. Her unemployment payments have been hung up for six weeks because of the state’s new online system. And the mother to two lost her Tampa housing and has to move out next month. But she’s working hard toward some good news in a classroom at Metropolitan Ministries […]

Looking For A Summer Job? Play Up Your STEM Experience (And Other Advice)

Editor’s note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Karelia Arauz. The school year has ended and the summer job hunt for many teenagers is on, but with unemployment rates at about 16 percent for people ages 16-24 how can you make your resume stand out? The job market might be tough, but it’s not […]

Study: Schools And Colleges Are Teaching The Wrong Type Of Math

Community college students are needlessly assigned to remedial math classes to learn lessons they won’t use during their studies, according to new research from a Washington, D.C. group. And the study also found that many high school graduates are not learning subjects they will need to use in their careers. The study was produced by […]

Why Florida Colleges Include Nursing As A STEM Job

Almost one-third of the bachelor’s degrees bestowed upon graduates from the Florida College System (FCS) are in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — fields. More than half of those STEM-related degrees are in nursing, according to a Florida College System study that shows the economic boost Florida gets from its 28 state colleges. […]

Will Florida’s Push For High-Tech Degrees Pay Off?

Curtis Nyarko is putting in a lot of late nights followed by early mornings at the lab – hoping to snare a high wage job in a high-tech field. Nyarko is a junior at Florida State University majoring in biology. He wants to stay in Florida and pursue a career in medicine. Nyarko says his […]

Business Leaders Encouraged To Support New Education Standards

Businesses need to support school districts as they switch to new, tougher education standards which will help stock American companies with a competitive workforce. That’s what Kelli Wells, who heads education efforts for the GE Foundation, told a Florida business group at an Orlando discussion of Common Core State Standards. Florida, 44 states and the […]

Session 2013 Town Hall: College Affordability And In-State Tuition

Education took up a big chunk of the Fort Lauderdale town hall Monday hosted by WLRN and The Miami Herald. Topics ranged from college affordability to K-12 funding to teacher raises. Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas ran through some ideas lawmakers are considering. “Gov. Scott has proposed an initiative that would give […]

Three Questions About College For Lumina Foundation CEO Jamie Merisotis

The Lumina Foundation is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. CEO Jamie Merisotis takes that message around the country. Last week, he spoke to the Economic Club of Florida. The foundation’s goal is for 60 percent of Americans to earn a high-quality post secondary credential or degree by 2025. Merisotis took questions […]

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