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Winter 2006-07 Vol. 50, Number 4


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Train to teach—with any major

So, you want to teach but don’t have an education degree? Teach For America can get you to the front of the class—no education courses or experience needed.

Teach For America is a national program that prepares and helps place college graduates in teaching positions. Participants train in a 5-week summer program and start teaching in the fall. They receive the same starting salary and benefits as other teachers. Following their 2-year commitment, many Teach For America participants decide to earn their credentials and continue teaching; others pursue careers in fields such as business, healthcare, public policy, and law.

Teach For America seeks applicants who have a bachelor’s degree, leadership ability, and perseverance. To learn more or request an application, write to Teach For America, 315 West 36th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10018, or call toll-free, 1 (800) 832-1230. You may also visit, where you can apply online. 

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Manufacturing outlook: Many jobs

Many people still think of manufacturing as it existed a half-century ago. However, today’s manufacturing proc­esses are more sophisticated and high-tech. 

Skilled manufacturing workers are needed for everything from production to accounting to design. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects job growth in many occupations within the manufacturing industry over the 2004-14 decade. 

The National Association of Manufacturers has launched a new career awareness campaign, “Dream It. Do It.” The association offers career exploration tools, including a Web site that has a self-assessment test, occupational descriptions, and videos that show work in the manufacturing sector.

For more information or to get career information, write to the association at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, D.C. 20004, or call toll-free, 1 (800) 814-8468. Or visit

Employment change in selected occupations within manufacturing industries, projected 2004-14

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Info about college for students with disabilities

Preparing for college raises many questions for high school students. But students with disabilities may have even more to ponder.

The transition to adulthood creates changes in legal status and affects the rights and responsibilities of disabled students. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights offers a brochure to answer questions commonly asked by students with disabilities. The recently updated brochure, written in a question-answer format, discusses topics such as when and how to disclose a disability, how to ask for accommodations, and which accommodations universities and colleges must provide.

For a free copy of “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities,” write to ED Pubs Education Publications Center, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794; call toll-free, 1 (877) 4-ED-PUBS (433-7827), or TDD/TTY 1 (877) 576-7734; or read the text online at

Upon request, this publication can also be made available in alternate formats, such as Braille, large print, or computer disk. For more information, contact the Department’s Alternate Format Center at (202) 260-0852 or (202) 260-0818, or, for TDD, via the Federal Relay Service toll-free, 1 (800) 877-8339.

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ERIC archives go digital

Archives of a major resource for educational information are being made available electronically. The Education Resources Information Center, better known as ERIC, has begun digitizing more than 300,000 microfiche documents related to education, including counseling research. 

These articles, indexed from 1966 to 1992, will be in PDF image format, making them more readily available to the public. The project began in December 2006 and is expected to be completed in March 2009. All Government documents, and any documents for which ERIC has copyright-holder permission, will be available online. And just like ERIC’s newer content, access to these archived documents is free.

ERIC, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, calls itself “the world’s largest digital library of education literature.” The reason: ERIC provides free access to more than a million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials in its database. 

Visit to begin a search, register for personalized ERIC features, or get descriptions of current and past research results. For more information, call ERIC toll-free, 1 (800) LET-ERIC (538-3742).

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Last Updated: June 8, 2007