FSU to help increase math, science teachers
Florida State University is among more than 75 public colleges and universities that have joined forces to increase the number of math and science teachers in public schools. The newly formed Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative hopes to address what some have seen as a tendency among top public universities to shortchange teacher education in favor of lucrative research and grants. The group announced Sunday that its member institutions, which hail from 30 states, will commit faculty and staff members, supply data and work with state agencies to formulate specific targets for the number and kinds of teachers needed. Other schools that are part of the group include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of North Carolina and Purdue University. To see the full list, visit www.teacher-imperative.org/ university-partners.
Kyle the plumber takes apprenticeship honors
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association has named Kyle Holcomb, a third-year plumbing apprenticeship student at the St. Petersburg campus of Pinellas Technical Education Centers, the 2008 National Plumbing Apprentice of the Year. The award recognizes a single apprentice nationwide who has shown excellence in the plumbing industry. Nominees are judged on attitude, enthusiasm, accuracy, compatibility with co-workers, and knowledge and application of work-related skills. Holcomb also was recognized by his local apprenticeship program with the 2008 Top in Class award. Earlier this year, he placed first in the National PHCC Apprenticeship competition.
— Donna Winchester, Times Staff Writer