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CTE/Makerspace Project: The nation is trying to catch up to St. George

Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, "U.S. Faces Electrician Shortage as It Tries to Go Green."  The article explained that many "electricians say they are booked several months out and are struggling to find enough workers to keep up with demand."  This is part of "a nationwide labor shortage and is most acute in the Northeast and California."
This week, First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visited Southern Maine Community College to "highlight career-connected learning and workforce training programs."  More info here

In two weeks, the newsletter Axios will host conversations with the Governor of Maryland, the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the Senior Vice President of LinkedIn about how, "[a]fter decades of hiring based on credentials and college degrees, many companies are increasingly pivoting to skills-based hiring processes to expand opportunity in today's uncertain labor market." You can register to attend in person or virtually here.  

I think we might be onto something here in St. George.  The rest of the country is working to catch up.  With the CTE/Makerspace Building, we can provide a model for the nation on how to expand hands-on/minds-on, technical education to all students, PreK-12th grade.

I'll share another update soon with information on our fundraising efforts, the building project, and teachers' work to develop a PreK-8th grade CTE curriculum.


Mike Felton, St. George MSU Superintendent

To learn more or make a donation to the CTE/Makerspace Project,  please visit our website.

Last month, St. George 7th graders visited the Fisher Engineering factory in Rockland. You can learn more by checking out our Student Newsroom Series.