Today’s kids start lemonade stands with a business plan

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It's the American summertime symbol of entrepreneurship: the lemonade stand. It might evoke nostalgic visions, but today nonprofits are using these rites of childhood to nurture budding business skills and entrepreneurial thinking.

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This teen-led food co-op is harvesting a healthier future

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In many urban areas across the country, the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a common problem. As part of the PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs, Kevin Broome reports that a cooperative of high school students in Washington, D.C., is aiming to change that.

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For these students, boat building is a vessel for healing

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In PBS NewsHour Shares, a unique program that teaches urban youth how to build boats also grows their communication skills and self-confidence. Part of PBS Student Reporting Labs, Anthony Rivera of the U School in Philadelphia reports.

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How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge

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This year, more than a million students will graduate from high school, and most will go on to college. It ought to be something to celebrate, but, in fact, nearly 40 percent of those who go to four-year colleges and some 70 percent of students at community college will never earn their degree.

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Filling in this perception gap can help low-income students succeed

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For many students at LaGuardia Community College in New York, making it from the first day of school to graduation is a struggle. And they’re not alone. Part of this national problem? We don't have a good idea of who's going to college, and the ways their complex lives and extra costs can trip them up. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our series Rethinking College.

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Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

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Millions of good-paying jobs are opening up in the trades. And some pay better than what the average college graduate makes.

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This College For Adult Learners Is A Refuge, Not Just A Career Boost

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In the U.S., more than 4 out of 10 undergraduate college students are above the age of 25. When people talk about these adult students, you usually hear words like "job skills" and "quickest path to a degree."

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With our shortage of skilled workers, career and technical education is ready to be taken seriously

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — It was tough to nail down a favorite: maybe the chicken cordon bleu with sweet potatoes. Delivered desk-side on Thursdays before last bell, still hot from the kitchen and packed takeout style in brown paper bags, the meals were a buzzy new collaboration between Manchester School of Technology (MST) business students and the school’s Culinary Arts program.

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Should high schools worry about what students do after graduation? This city says yes

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Chicago has a new plan to make sure kids pursue a college degree or have another viable career path after high school. By 2020, in order to get a diploma from Chicago public schools, a student will have to prove that they have a job, will be joining a trade school, will go on to college or join the military.

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How nontraditional pathways can lead workers to good jobs.

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Not everyone takes a traditional route to a college degree that will prepare them for the workforce. John Yang talks with Nicole Smith of Georgetown University and Beth Cobert of the Markle Foundation about alternatives to help young adults and returning students find their ways to the middle class and help close the skilled worker gap.

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What New York’s skyline can teach kids about math and science

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A group of fourth graders were piling magazines atop paper pillars of different shapes: triangles, circles, squares and pentagons. The young scientists and engineers guessed which would hold the most, and tested their theories until each pillar came crashing down, prompting shrieks of surprise.

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More Than Just A Job: Stories Of Teachers Who Deserve An A+

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Teachers across the country are pushing for better pay and increased school funding. They consistently make less than other college graduates with comparable experience — even though, for many teachers, working with students is more than a full-time job.

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Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight

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Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety. But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge.Now he's a psychologist who cares passionately about a holistic approach to education.

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Casting Aside Shame And Stigma, Adults Tackle Struggles With Literacy

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WHRO's American Graduate Phase Three initiative looks to bring awareness to opportunities that will lead to gainful employment in local high demand middle skill jobs for students and young adults. One of the barriers to even entry level employment is being able to read. This article examines challenges adults face and how one program offers support and literacy.

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High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

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Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree. "All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college."

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