Washoe County Education Alliance offers college, career guidance

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Updated: 2/05/2013 5:49 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Education Alliance of Washoe County,a coalition of business representatives, parents, UNR, TMCC, and the Washoe County School District, is providing parents and students in grades 7 through 10 the details of how students need to prepare to enter college, apprenticeship programs, technical schools, and the workforce in a highly-skilled career pathway.

The goal is to ensure that high school graduates will not need remediation before they can begin work or college studies.

The Alliance bases its guidance on the four R’s – right diploma, right classes, right test scores, and right skills and attitudes. In accordance with this, the Alliance says high school students should complete at least an Advanced Diploma, including four years of rigorous math and three years of science, of which at least two should be biology, chemistry, and/or physics. Depending on their career goals, students should also consider taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes, at least two years of a foreign language, Career and Technical Education classes, and advanced math and science classes.

In addition to the right diploma and the right classes, students need to score high enough on college placement tests, such as the SAT or ACT, to place into college classes that count for graduation without remediation. At UNR and TMCC, that means an ACT English score of 18 and math score of 22, or an SAT verbal score of 440 and math score of 500.

For more information about the Education Alliance of Washoe County and the 4 R’s program, visit http://www.ed-alliance.org/publications/
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JSprenger - 2/6/2013 8:51 AM
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Skills gaps are emerging throughout the economy, and one primary solution that’s proven to make a difference in helping the economy thrive is investing in career and technical education (CTE). CTE programs, whether at the secondary, post-secondary or other educational level, boost student achievement and deliver increased career and earning potential. CTE also produces workers for the open jobs of today, and boosts business productivity and economic status as a result. These programs are extra successful when employers participate in their development and execution. The Industry Workforce Needs Council is a new organization of businesses working together to spotlight skills gaps and advocate/kick off CTE programs that work to curb the problem. For more information, or to join the effort, visit http://www.iwnc.org. Jason Sprenger, for the IWNC
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