Archive for August, 2011

Stay Tuned: The 101 Series

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

As you’re mapping your future career, there are lots of things to consider. What type of setting do you like to be in? What are your strongest skills? What are the options in today’s job market and what are the educational requirements needed for these jobs?

Next season, ATETV will provide a series of new programs designed to help students and prospective employees answer these questions. The two-part “101 Series” will introduce viewers to five different job sectors – including Environmental Technologies, Lab Work and Manufacturing – and provide an in-depth look at the fields’ educational and course requirements as well as a glimpse of the workplaces, careers and opportunities in these technical arenas.

Think you might be interested in a career in alternative energies for example? The “Intro to the Environment 101” episode will go behind the scenes of a classroom where students are studying environmental technologies – water, wind and solar energy. You’ll watch students conducting experiments using sunlight to generate clean energy. You’ll also visit a college lab where students are learning how water travels through the ground.

Then, in the second part of the Environment 101 episode, ATETV moves from classroom to workplace to see how classroom skills are translated into real-life careers. You’ll visit Environmental Technology employers – the companies that produce water, wind and solar energy — and hear from working technicians how they got their jobs and what their everyday work lives are like.

Charting a career path is exciting and challenging – ATETV’s 101 Series can help provide concrete information and advice to put you on the path to success. Stay tuned.

Stay Tuned: Classroom Visits

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

For anyone who is wondering what to expect from college courses – whether you’re a student in high school, a parent of a high-schooler, or an adult contemplating a career change and a return to studies– next season, ATETV will take you inside several college classrooms. During the upcoming series “Classroom Visits” you’ll hear from both instructors and students about specific course content and overall educational expectations.

If you automatically think “classroom” means only textbooks and lectures, think again. For example, an ATETV visit to a Biotechnology course finds math content specifically tailored to the laboratory, while core subjects such as cell culturing and molecular biology are taught, in part, through hands-on lab training. You’ll also learn that course work doesn’t end with science and math, as you’ll hear how biotech students are working on projects to help equip them for real-world employment, learning about venture capital, manufacturing quality checks and product marketing, among other things.

During ATETV classroom visits, instructors will describe the qualities it takes for students to succeed in college and will offer advice to help students make the most of their classes, while students share their own firsthand experiences with viewers.

Stay tuned, the new school year is just around the corner!

Stay Tuned: It’s Never Too Early to Get Started

Monday, August 8th, 2011

It’s never too early to start thinking about college and in the new fall season, ATETV will focus on some of the programs and preparations that can help high-school students start paving their way to a successful college experience.

The “From High School to College” series will provide viewers with firsthand accounts from students, teachers and guidance counselors. Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

Dual-enrollment programs. Did you know that many community colleges offer students the opportunity to take classes while they’re still in high school? Dual enrollment provides a head start on earning credit hours and getting a taste of college life, and ATETV will talk with students and their teachers at various high schools about the experience. In one video for example, we’ll visit a college-level Web Design class where students are simultaneously earning high-school and college credits. We’ll also share resources and information to help viewers learn about dual enrollment opportunities in their communities.

Making the transition.
ATETV will also visit programs like one community college “bridge” program that is helping students make the transition from high-school to college – and preparing them for success in technology and STEM fields. Through the videos and blogs, we’ll also share tips and ideas with students and their families to help with the college-preparation process: where to go for background materials, suggestions for informational interviews and ways that students can start developing the skills and habits that colleges – and employers – value and expect.

Stay tuned – a new season is just around the corner!