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Write Here, Write Now!

Learning to be a good writer is one of the skills taught in AVID.  But why exactly do we practice writing skills?  The answer is writing will be used more than any other subject we learn in school no matter what profession we decide to have.

According to a study from CollegeBoard, businesses are spending as much as $3.1 billion on remedial writing training–annually. That’s because students completed school and did not learn how to write.

 

We need to practice writing and we need to practice it often not just to get good grades in school but also for our future jobs.  Lucky for Sussman Middle School,  our motto is “Write Here, Write Now”.

 

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10 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

Kiplinger analyzed 784 occupations and found 10 of the best high-paying jobs in expanding fields that don’t require a college degree.

1. Commercial pilot

Total number of jobs: 41,382
Job growth, 2005-2015: 3.1% (All jobs: 5.3%)

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 13.6% (All jobs: 11.0%)

Median annual salary: $75,183 (All jobs: $43,430)

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

2. Electrical power-line installer

Total number of jobs: 120,059
Job growth, 2005-2015: 11.4%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 12.7%

Median annual salary: $66,279

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

3. Service sales representative

Total number of jobs: 951,019
Job growth, 2005-2015: 2.6%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 15.5%

Median annual salary: $51,971

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

4. Plumber

Total number of jobs: 455,459
Job growth, 2005-2015: 0.3%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 16.7%

Median annual salary: $51,228

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

5. Aircraft assembler

Total number of jobs: 40,582
Job growth, 2005-2015: 26.9%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 15.8%

Median annual salary: $49,762

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

6. Industrial machinery mechanic

Total number of jobs: 336,616
Job growth, 2005-2015: 9.9%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.0%

Median annual salary: $49,150

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Read more: 10 best jobs of the future

7. Machine tool programmer

Total number of jobs: 25,737
Job growth, 2005-2015: 12.4%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 24.2%

Median annual salary: $49,013

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

8. Computer user support specialist

Total number of jobs: 654,008
Job growth, 2005-2015: 18.0%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.2%

Median annual salary: $48,437

Typical education: Some college

9. Mechanical insulator

Total number of jobs: 32,039
Job growth, 2005-2015: 13.5%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 32.6%

Median annual salary: $47,807

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

10. Surgical technologist

Total number of jobs: 104,199
Job growth, 2005-2015: 25.7%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 22.7%

Median annual salary: $45,750

Typical education: Postsecondary non-degree award

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STEM

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STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  You may have heard of this acronym a lot lately, it is very popular.  Students who study STEM are more likely to find a job, are in higher demand, and typically receive higher pay than their counterparts.

Unfortunately, STEM is still a collection of male dominated fields.  To help combat that there are many programs at Sussman that encourage girls to join these fields.

Femineer

The Femineer program, created by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering, was devised to inspire girls to explore and work in STEM fields. Girls at Sussman Middle School work on projects after-school and then show off those projects at STEM fairs at  Cal Poly Pomona.  Click  here for more information.

STEAMworks Summer Session

STEAMworks which stands for Science, Technolgy, Engineering, Art, and Math, is a summer enrichment program for students all throughout Downey. Summer classes are located at Price, Lewis, Unsworth Elementary Schools and Sussman Middle School. Students have the opportunity to spend time working on projects in the related fields mentioned above.

 

PLTW

Project Lead the Way is a series of classes offered at Sussman Middle School that focus on the STEM fields.  Students at Sussman have a variety of classes to choose from like Medical Detectives, Green Architecture, and Automation and Robotics class.  These classes are offered for one semester.

If you hare any questions or need further information, please comment below.

 

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The Top Highest Paying Jobs in America in 2016

According to Glassdoor, who just released a list of the 25 best-paying jobs in the US for 2016.

Here are the top 10…

No. 10: Analytics Manager
Median base salary: $106,000
Number of job openings: 988
It is the analytics manager’s job to gather the data that business leaders use to make business decisions.  These mangers do everything from figure out how to find the information, choose the computers systems to create the data and figure out what information to share.

No. 9: Product Manager
Median base salary: $107,000
Number of job openings: 7,758
A product manager guides a team responsible for producing a product for the company. Tech companies frequently structure themselves with product managers who act as translators, figuring out what the business wants from its new tech products into instructions for engineers.

No. 8: Data Architect
Median base salary: $113,000
Number of job openings: 762
A data architect is a role that once belonged in the world of databases but has grown because of the big-data craze. Data architects design data-management systems, looking through all of a company’s potential data sources from inside the company and other sources and then figuring out how to gather, store, manage, and update that information.

No. 7: Data Scientist
Median base salary: $115,000
Number of job openings: 1,985
The data scientist has become a super-hot job as companies look to store more data and use it for more insights. The data scientist’s job is to run the computer systems used to store data and to find important information in the massive amounts of data collected.

No. 6: Systems Architect
Median base salary: $116,920
Number of job openings: 439
A systems architect designs complex technology systems for companies, which may include rolling out a new huge software system including new computers and networks needed for it to perform well.

No. 5: Applications Development Manager
Median base salary: $120,000
Number of job openings: 263
An applications development manager supervises a team of developers who may be writing software for home computers, big companies, or the web.

No. 4: Solutions Architect
Median base salary: $120,000
Number of job openings: 2,838
A solutions architect is a role that is often at the consulting arm of a software provider or tech company. This person helps design the computer systems that meet the customer’s need.

No. 3: IT Manager
Median base salary: $120,000
Number of job openings: 3,152
An IT manager is responsible for the technology used by companies such as their PCs, servers, and the software the company buys.

No. 2: Software Architect
Median base salary: $128,250
Number of job openings: 655
A software architect designs complex computer software.

No. 1: Software Development Manager
Median base salary: $132,000
Number of job openings: 3,495
A software development manager manages a software project from the design phase through completion.