First Lady Frances Wolf Visits Harrisburg University, Highlights Governor Wolf’s Investments in STEM Education through PAsmart

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 02, 2018 Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Innovation,  PAsmart,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today joined students, educators and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to highlight a $20 million investment Governor Wolf is making in STEM and computer science learning through his PAsmart initiative. The First Lady visited with high school and middle school students who are participating in Summer STEM Exploration Camps focused on various topics including coding, biotechnology and 3D modeling. During the visit, the First Lady emphasized the need to increase participation of girls and young women in STEM education.“Last year, twice as many boys took computer science courses as girls, yet over the next 10 years, over 70 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills,” the First Lady said. “Harrisburg University is leading the way in not only providing a quality education in science, technology, engineering, math and computer science fields – but also in encouraging more girls and women to enter these educational courses, and eventually careers. PAsmart will help to expand this work by giving even more students the opportunity to earn a quality STEM education.”“We were pleased to have First Lady Frances Wolf visit Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to discuss the importance of women in STEM and to see our Summer STEM Exploration Camps in action,” said University Provost Dr. Bilita Mattes, who also is a founder and executive director of the STEM-UP Network, a social enterprise dedicated to attracting and supporting women in the STEM fields. “Encouraging women to enter STEM disciplines is crucial to the health of the economy. STEM skills are required for 70 percent of today’s jobs, yet only 24 percent of the STEM workforce is made up of women. Women make up about half of the entire workforce.”“At a time when there are roughly 3 million more STEM jobs available than workers, and when companies are constantly seeking a competitive edge, women remain notoriously underrepresented in the technology industry,” said Tracey Welson-Rossman, CEO of TechGirlz and member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “We must engage girls at a young age to help them discover, embrace and advance technology related skills in order to diversify and fill workforce needs. We thank the Governor and First Lady for their dedication to women and girls in STEM through the PAsmart initiative.”The governor’s PAsmart initiative is a new and innovative $30 million investment in job training and STEM education to focus on fast-growing, in-demand jobs, including:• $20 million for STEM and computer science education at all levels. Nearly 300,000 jobs in the commonwealth require skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Over the next decade, more than 70 percent of new jobs will require these skills.• $7 million for apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent from 13,282 registered apprentices to 15,972 statewide.• $3 million increase for Industry Partnerships which bring together workers and multiple employers in the same industry in a public-private partnership to provide job training.The initiative is built on recommendations of the governor’s Middle Class Task Force, which included leaders from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, education, and workforce development.The PA WDB will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through a competitive grants process. Organizations that will be eligible to apply include: local education agencies; intermediate units; postsecondary institutions; local workforce development boards; public libraries; employers; labor organizations; chambers of commerce; after-school providers; education, training and workforce providers; nonprofits; community organizations, and others.center_img First Lady Frances Wolf Visits Harrisburg University, Highlights Governor Wolf’s Investments in STEM Education through PAsmartlast_img read more

Grant gives positive assessment of Senegal and Mali friendlies

first_imgBlack Stars coach Avram Grant has given a positive assessment of the team’s two games in the past five days.The Israeli is generally happy with what he has seen against Senegal on Saturday and Mali on Tuesday.”I think we reached our targets in the last seven days.”Of course, the results are important but in friendlies, results are less important than in tournaments. We had the team for a short time which was about a week in a few months so we used the situation to try a new system.For Grant, his objectives set out for the matches were reached – although he did not say what the objectives were.”The team understood it very well against Mali and up until when I changed it, we led by a goal and created chances. Even the goal scored by Mali was down to a moment of inexperience from one of our players.” ‘Fringe’ playersThere had been a lot of talk in the buildup to the two games in France urging Grant to use the fringe players he invited.On Joy Sports, former Ghana boss Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie had vritually demanded that the Israeli field Seidu Salifu and others.”Other players got to play in the matches. We played the second match without Jonathan Mensah, and at a point in the second half of the Mali match, we did not have John Boye,” Avram noted.”Razak Braimah was also not in the match and Baba Rahman was also not available. We can face such things in tournaments so we needed to try things out for ourselves. I am very happy with what I saw.” Ghana begin competitive action from June when the qualifiers for Afcon 2017 begin.  –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Raiders lose timeout after Jon Gruden throws challenge flag inside of two minutes

first_imgPatrick Mahomes ➡️ Travis Kelce 🔥RT for a #ProBowlVote— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 2, 2018In real time, however, it was unclear if Kelce held on to the ball and completed the catch. So, Gruden decided to challenge the play and send a message to New York City.​But there were two problems. All scoring plays are automatically reviewed, and coaches aren’t allowed to throw a challenge flag inside of the last two minutes of a half. All scoring plays are automatically initiated by officials. Related News Jon Gruden cost the Raiders a timeout Sunday against the Chiefs.Kansas City star Patrick Mahomes appeared to find tight end Travis Kelce for a 6-yard touchdown with a little less than 10 seconds to play in the first half Sunday. “I knew exactly what I was doing, by the way. It wasn’t a very sensible thing to do,” Gruden said, via ProFootballTalk. “I wanted to challenge Al Riveron in New York City because I have people in the press box telling me that’s not a catch. Seeing plays overturned by somebody you can’t even see, I thought with three timeouts and seven seconds left I’d use one of my timeouts by giving Al a little extra time to look at that.”But I knew exactly what I was doing.”​​ The Raiders were docked a timeout because of Gruden’s mistake.#Raiders charged a timeout after Jon Gruden throws a challenge flag with less than 2 minutes to go in a half…— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) December 2, 2018Oakland went on to fall to Kansas City 40-33. This loss dropped them to 2-10 this season. Cowboys WR Amari Cooper says he has more passion in Dallaslast_img read more