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As Movies And Videogames Go Global, New Jobs Open For Humanities Grads

Forbes – George Anders

“Create a popular U.S. movie, and you’ll want local-language versions of everything from T-shirts to trailers — fast! Come up with a dazzling videogame, and you’ll be scrambling for people who can convey an orc’s powers in languages ranging from Thai to Portuguese. Finding raw translation skills turns out to be the easy part. (Lots of online marketplaces and translation boutiques offer contract workers at every imaginable price point.) What’s trickier — and crucial — is to set up oversight systems to ensure everything gets executed properly. As a result, there’s booming demand for an intriguing class of experts, called localization specialists, localization managers and localization engineers. They pay attention to cultural sensitivities, so a joke that’s harmless in one culture doesn’t become offensive in another. They also devise checklists and templates to guarantee that each country’s build-out stays on track and gets done efficiently.”(more)

How Extra Year of High School Can Set Students Up for College Success

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“When Ricky Sierra graduated from Da Vinci Design High School in Wiseburn, California near Los Angeles, she was excited to be attending Sonoma State University. She had considered completing her general education requirements at a community college closer to home, but was eager to get settled at a four-year university. Just one semester later she found herself unhappy and wanting to leave school.”(more)

Changing The Face Of STEM For Women

Forbes – Katie Elizabeth

“I always knew I wanted to build a company. As a child, my fantasies of the “future me” involved me sitting at the head of a table in a suit as the founder and CEO of a major, global company. That vision, however, never included connections to engineering, technology, math or science. Math was one of my hardest subjects, and anything technology/engineering seemed like a foreign language from a far off galaxy. I never thought STEM was important until I decided to launch my own company. Suddenly, science, technology, engineering and math really seemed to matter. Unfortunately for many women of my generation and those that came before me the sciences seemed like a foreign and intimidating place. However, today there are some pretty serious initiatives to alter this narrative and change how women, particularly girls and young women, feel about STEM subjects. From books such as Rosie Revere, Engineer to women like Dr. Anna Powers, founder of Powers Education, serious efforts to attract and retain women in STEM careers are on the rise.”(more)

California’s demographics shift begs an economic imperative to graduate students of color

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“Better support means “not just thinking we need to provide all students with the same things, because we know that students from [higher income, often white] communities have access to resources in order to help them navigate those institutions,” he continued.. “We need to think differently about how we provide supports to those students in order to get them to graduation day.” Ed Trust-West’s policy recommendations start with having leaders who are invested in “making transformational change.” At California Polytechnic State University, President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said he and his wife fundraise intentionally to support a scholarship fund to help better support underrepresented students on campus.”(more)

Three worrisome trends in U.S. higher education

The Washington Post – Jeffrey L. Selingo

“The thousands of college campuses that dot the American landscape have long been referred to collectively as a higher education system. It’s never been quite an apt description given the diversity of colleges we have. Increasingly the various types of institutions—from public flagships to selective liberal arts colleges—have very little, if anything, in common with each other. Much like American society is segregated by income and geography, so too is higher education.”(more)

How should I save for my kid’s college education?

CNN Money – Katie Lobosco

“Most states offer a 529 plan to help people save for college. You contribute after-tax dollars to the account, which are invested and allowed to grow tax-free. Sometimes your contributions are tax deductible, too, depending on the state. Though they were created to help people save for retirement, Roth IRAs work in a similar way. But you don’t get a tax deduction for your contributions. The big difference between the two accounts is that the money in a 529 must be used for qualified higher education expenses, or else be slapped with a 10% penalty. The contributions you make to a Roth IRA can be withdrawn at any time for any reason. And you can take out the earnings on your investments in a Roth for more of your needs, including education expenses, buying your first home, and eventually retirement.”(more)