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techdirections is a magazine and website for technology, career/technical, and engineering education. Designed for the involved educator, techdirections brings to life today’s technology and provides a wealth of engaging student activities. We cover automotive, IT, CAD/CAM, electricity/electronics, engineering, manufacturing, woodworking, construction, and much more. We provide information on current industry practices and products that will help you integrate those practices into your classroom.

Inside the May issue:

Deere Externship Program Creates Real World Experiences
Teachers partner with businesses for a six-week summer program to help develop innovative solutions.

TECH Center Provides a Jobs Pipeline
LISD is giving students a chance to see what manufacturing jobs look like by taking them to the job sites.

Can Educating Kids about Unions Prepare Them for the Future of Work?
Students use soft skills to help them navigate simulated union negotiations, teaching them communication skills while educating them about the benefits of unions.

Raising Student Engagement through Helium Balloon Aircraft
A history of balloon aircraft and a fun way to expand student knowledge with a STEAM project.

Conference Preview—SkillsUSA Showcases the Nation’s Best in CTE
SkillsUSA’s conference will bring together over 6,000 students to compete for national titles.

Building Bridges Across the IT Skills Gap in Fewer than Four Years
A look at different ways to train people to fill the upcoming IT jobs that doesn’t involve a four-year college path.

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