Students at a North Carolina high school recently participated in a job fair, in which they met with area employers and submitted resumes and job applications. The event was the culmination of the school's Senior Employment Initiative, in which students also learned skills in resume writing and conducted mock interviews.
NASA's Cassini space probe sent back the first pictures from its dive between Saturn and its rings this week, giving scientists a new look at the planet's atmosphere, including a massive storm. Cassini takes the next of a series of dives on Tuesday before it plunges into the atmosphere in September.
Three high-school students in Rhode Island worked with their career and technical education teacher to design license plates as part of a campaign to preserve an area park. The students' designs are online, and the public is invited to vote on their favorite.
Six high-school students are getting experience in the construction industry through a program with the Rapid City Area Schools in South Dakota, by spending the week building a concrete bench. The students are part of a geometry and construction class, which teaches real-world applications for math.
About 1,500 students competed recently in SkillsUSA Wisconsin, where they were able to showcase their knowledge of skilled trades. The program allowed students to demonstrate their skills for potential employers in areas such as welding, robotics and engineering.
About 4.9 million youths in the US are disconnected -- meaning they are not in school or in the labor force -- according to a report from Measure of America. Officials in one California area have opened a "re-engagement center" to help youths who are disconnected apply for jobs or enroll in high school or college.
Forty-four students have recently completed an Early College Program at Muskegon Community College. Besides saving tuition costs, some students said the program helped them discover interests and potential career paths.
Unemployment in the US is 4.5% -- approaching a 10-year low -- and the labor market is healthy, according to data released by the Labor Department Thursday. While jobless claims rose last week, the four-week average is lower than in the past two months.
High-school students in Massachusetts enrolled in a performing arts management course are preparing for careers in the industry through hands-on experiences. Aldonna Girouard, the school's music director, describes the program as "school-to-career learning at its best."
Measuring a molecule's complexity could be one way to determine the existence of alien life even if it doesn't resemble the kind of life found on Earth, said chemist Lee Cronin at the Astrobiology Science Conference. "Biology has one signature: the ability to produce complex things that could not arise in the natural environment," Cronin said.
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