Magazine article Techniques

State Update

Magazine article Techniques

State Update

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State Update highlights the activities of members and other organizations at the state and regional level. Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314, or fax to (703) 683-7424.

CALIFORNIA-In May, secondary and college instructors in the southern part of the state participated in seminars to promote technology education and CAD employment opportunities. Bentley Systems of Exton, Pennsylvania, donated CAD equipment valued at more than $1,000,000 to programs whose instructors brought five students to a seminar, which included demonstrations on various software applications.

COLORADO-Enrollment in secondary agricultural education classes rose by 11 percent during the 1994-95 school year, according to the Colorado Community College & Occupational System. After a record low of 2,057 students in 79 programs during the 1989-90 school year, there are now 88 programs with an enrollment of 3,721 students. What's more, program expenditures decreased 19 percent between 1989 and 1995. Ernie Gill, state program manager for agriculture, says the enrollment and program increases can be attributed to a healthy agricultural economy in the state.

FLORIDA-The National Center for Construction Education and Research has chosen the University of Florida as its new permanent location. Center president Daniel J. Bennet says the center will have about a 20person staff comprising program developers, curriculum writers, training personal and other technical support people. The center's previous location had been Rosslyn, Virginia.

NEW JERSEY-The

Somerset County Vocational Board has appointed David T. D'Alonzo superintendent of the county's vocational-technical schools. He had been assistant superintendent since 1988.

NORTH DAKOTA

Deputy director of the state board for vocational-technical education Ernie Breznay has retired after nearly four years of service. He taught industrial arts in several state schools and was principal at Hope High School before joining the board 22 years ago.

MISSOURI-The state department of elementary and secondary education has awarded $2,000 scholarships to 249 of the state's top students pursuing careers in teaching. The majority of the recipients are recent high school graduates who ranked in the top 15 percent of their class and the upper 15 percent on a college-entry exam. …

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