This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education … whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can't think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, (and) distinguish good information from bad … Time Magazine, December 2006 Quoting the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce Since 1999, Numedeon has been committed to the kind of educational reform that prepares our children for the global economy. Exploratory learning as seen in Whyville presents age-appropriate abstract problems, rewards team effort along with individual effort, and leaves it to the kids to process what they see and find their way in Whyville.
The Workforce Ecosystem Two-Year Colleges Four-Year Colleges Graduate Programs Summer Programs After School Programs Assessment Services Articulation Agreements Policy High Schools Middle Schools Magnet Schools Academies Cities Counties States Economic Developers Workforce Boards INDUSTRY
Pressures on the Workforce Ecosystem More Indian college graduates than U.S. high school graduates More English speakers in China than in the U.S. This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education … whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can't think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, (and) distinguish good information from bad … Time Magazine, December 2006 Quoting the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce Houston Community College organizing to graduate 500 bio- technicians Houston stands up Robotics Education Support Center Arlington organizing to recover manufacturing base with state grants San Antonio Greater Chamber Survey indicates corporations hire IT graduates from outside San Antonio Its cooking! The workforce system is transforming as a result of global, national and regional pressures on local economies.
STEM Education … 1.Is a critical issue for academia, governments and industries 2.Underlies regional, national, global competitiveness 3.Attracts industry to regions 4.Is a basis for innovation 5.Is the feeder system for cluster initiatives 6.Is not attracting sufficient numbers of students
Assertions There are innovative STEM programs everywhere you turn over a rock. Alignment is always a challenge. In general, these programs are only loosely connected to industry support, workforce pipelines, regional strategies and global best practices.
Pathway Continuous planning and assessment … The New Education / Workforce Ecosystem Middle School High School, Magnate, Academy (or is it College?) College / Workplace COUNSELINGCOUNSELING COUNSELINGCOUNSELING Holistic Assess- ment Innovative schools are moving to a career exploration and pathway model. Pathways become the mechanism by which kids explore careers, and then they decide whether to continue or explore another pathway. Education is accompanied by teamwork, and industry players are getting involved earlier to help seed talent pipelines that ensure their workforce into the future. This model creates opportunity for career exploration in the late middle school and early high school years.
Whyville Planeworks People in manufacturing know that manufacturing jobs are high wage and high tech. Whyvillians will know this after running CAD simulators and managing supply chains in Whyville Advanced Manufacturing. Besides, they will be able to fly the airplanes they build off Whyville Island, or open a flying business and add clams to their Whyville bank account.
OUTREACH CAREER SIMULATION Career Pipelines JOBSJOBS Texas users are referred to the web sites of educational opportunities in the region they live in. We ENGAGE kids in STEM education and we START THE PIPELINE by showing them where to continue their education.
20,000 Engaged 1,000 Referred We will engage 20,000 Texas 14 and 15 year olds (and more kids of all ages) and refer 1,000 to the web sites of educational opportunities in their region.
& Numedeon is pleased to partner with the Texas Business and Education Coalition in the Texas Workforce Commission grants. TBEC is building a platform for career exploration and academic planning that will be available to schools throughout Texas. TBEC is a major voice of business in Texas on the topic of education. In the 1990s, TBEC led the way in raising the minimum curiculum standard for Texas high school students.
Visit Whyville today! www.whyville.net TWC-funded activities online starting May 2007 All access is free and permanent We ll expose 20,000 to careers And refer 1,000 to local education programs Workshops coming to your region Email firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: TWC Sign-up Whyville Biotech Whyville PlaneWorks
Produced by Dancemimi – a Whyville citizen for Whyville Times, August 28, 2005 Get a Job in Whyville! Education, Career Exploration, and Building Real Career Pipelines with a Virtual World