New York City will expand its College Access for All program to include a total of 274 high schools in the upcoming school year, Chancellor Carmen Farina has announced. Of the 175 high schools now joining the program, 15 plan to open Student Success Centers, which support college and career planning.
Students at Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma are working toward becoming air-traffic controllers through a four-semester program that prepares them for further study. The program is one of 30 in the country recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials in a Florida county are offering scholarships to encourage more people to train for jobs in construction. The county's workforce agency launched the scholarship program to respond to an increased demand for skilled laborers to work on regional infrastructure projects.
A shortage of between 200,000 and 250,000 construction workers nationwide is possible, predicts Kim Waseca-Love, education and apprenticeship director for the Spokane Home Builders Association in Washington state. Organizations across the country are supporting apprenticeship programs to help fill the recruitment gap.
Companies today are celebrating National Intern Day. "Internships are a critical step on the path to landing a job after graduation, and launching a successful career," Liz Wessel, CEO and co-founder of the career platform WayUp, said.
The US Department of Labor is seeking public comment to revise a rule that would expand the salary cap for employees who qualify for overtime pay -- from $23,660 to $47,476. The overtime rule was blocked by a court in Texas and is being considered in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ship traffic -- including cargo carriers and tourist liners -- is expected to increase in the Arctic as global warming reduces the amount of sea ice in the region. The issue has sparked concerns about safety and what will happen if maritime accidents occur.
A study of 3 million tweets posted between May and November 2014 focuses on how Twitter can be used during periods of extreme heat. "If more agencies start to include social media and tap into what people are actually experiencing in real time, they can improve their extreme heat early warning systems," says Florida State University assistant geography professor Chris Uejio, co-author of the research paper.
About half of the atoms that make up the Milky Way and other large galaxies today came from the matter of ancient supernovae explosions in faraway galaxies carried by galactic winds, according to new 3D computer simulations of galaxy evolution. "We did not realize how much of the mass in today's Milky Way-like galaxies was actually 'stolen' from the winds of other galaxies," said Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere, an author of the study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Researchers last year caught a glimpse of a massive gamma-ray burst, which is notoriously hard to track because it lasts so briefly, and the findings have been published in Nature. "Our study provides convincing evidence that the prompt gamma-ray burst emission is driven by synchrotron radiation," said lead author Eleonora Troja.
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