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Perkins Act Given Another 6 Years of Life

After six years of kicking around the official language for an updated Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education bill, Congress and the president have voted and signed the act into law. The Perkins Act, H.R. 2353 (115), which has been considered for reauthorization since 2012, commits between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for the program over the next six years.

Working Together for Quicker, Easier Captioning

Kennesaw State University collaborated with its captioning vendor to develop a better solution that faculty would actually use.

A Mobile Guide to Library Resources

St. John's University's BKFNDr app uses beacon technology, location coordinates and detailed mapping to help students find the right books on the library shelf.

Round 1 of Federal Challenge Amasses Ideas to Reboot Higher Ed

With just a few days to go in the competition, nearly 80 detailed projects have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology's "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge."

Student Teams Awarded $1 Million for Work on Hackathon Ideas

Student teams at six institutions of higher education are continuing work on innovative tech projects, each funded with a $140,000 sponsorship picked up in a series of FutureMakers Challenge competitions run by Siemens' Corporate Technology division.

Cybersecurity Education in CCs Gets ED Boost

To help community colleges make technology upgrades that will help them deliver cybersecurity education, the U.S. Department of Education has been allotted $1 million in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year. According to an explanatory document that accompanied the spending bill, the money is to be spent on a pilot grant program to help the schools make their programs "state of the art."

ED Accepting Proposals for Consortium OER Pilots

The U.S. Department of Education has finally made a move on its efforts to fund development of open educational resources. The agency issued a notice this week inviting proposals for an "open textbooks pilot program" with an Aug. 29, 2018 deadline.

Report: How to Scale America's Apprenticeships 20-Fold

A new report proposes the creation of a national network of "apprenticeship institutes" in every state. These centers would act as hubs for employers, workers, high schools, community colleges and unions.

Report Promotes Pell Grants for High Schoolers in Early College Courses

A new report has recommended continuation of a pilot to allow high school students to use Pell grants to cover the costs of college courses. The Alliance for Excellent Education is pushing Congress to consider the test involving early college high schools and dual-enrollment programs because it believes the move could boost college enrollment and completion.

Online Non-Profit University Offers Teacher Training Scholarships

Western Governors University made the offer for people who want to earn their bachelor's or master's degree in education and aren't already enrolled there.

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