The age when students start school could affect their academic performance through college, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Affairs. Researchers found that older students had about a 40-point edge on the SAT and were more likely to enroll in college.
The new school year is bringing a renewed focus on career and technical education in Iowa. Efforts are underway to expand such programs and to build apprenticeship programs, to help prepare students for careers in the skilled trades, particularly in the construction industry.
The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program guides students to science, technology, engineering and math careers through classes, mentors and internship opportunities with companies such as ExxonMobil. One participant, who has been with the program since sixth grade, is enrolling in college to study mechanical engineering.
Thirty-six community colleges in California have dual-enrollment partnerships in place with area high schools, according to data from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office -- 19 more than reported such programs a year ago. At least one college, however, is reporting trouble with implementation because of concerns over staffing.
Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh County, says the state should work to adapt to the changing economy. He asserts that widespread retraining programs are the answer to keeping the state's workers employed.
Growing demand for skilled workers in Kansas has put technical colleges in the spotlight as they work to prepare the state's workforce. Officials at one schools say they are expanding programs while also exploring ways to train students online to expand capacity.
A study in the journal Addictive Behaviors found that men with severe gambling addictions had a more than twofold higher likelihood of being exposed to domestic violence, assault or physical abuse as children, and a more than threefold increased risk of having serious injuries in childhood, compared with those without gambling problems. Researchers also found that men with gambling addictions were more likely to be unemployed and have relationship failures and money problems.
A new species of ancient sloth has been discovered deep in an underwater cave in Mexico. The skull and other bones belong to Xibalbaonyx oviceps, which likely died in the cave before it flooded about 10,000 years ago, researchers say.
Several unopened chests are among the artifacts found in the wreckage of the Dutch trading ship Rooswijk, which sank in 1740, according to British researchers examining the shipwreck off the coast of Kent, England, for the Dutch government. Marine archaeologists plan to use X-ray scanning to examine the contents in order to preserve the chests.
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