Flight Global discusses the expected problems in the aerospace industry as one generation retires, and another perhaps doesn't replace it. Efforts to encourage student interest in engineering fields, like the Team America Rocketry Challenge, are mentioned.
Meanwhile, there's happy blog activity from teams that made the TARC finalist list here and here.
Botball is another student contest that I expect to inspire some students to join the engineering and related fields. Spaceref has news about this robot contest and the Northern California Tournament (one of 14 in the U.S) at NASA Ames.