Vocational Education Journal

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 2, February

An Education for Academic Teachers
What do your academic colleagues know about vocational education? With tech prep consortia springing up around the country, it's now even more important to enlighten these teachers and garner their support.Easy to say, difficult to do? Not necessarily....
A New Approach to Employment and Training
In the aftermath of the April 1992 civil unrest in the Los Angeles region, Southern California Edison made a commitment to help revitalize the area's economy. As part of that effort, the utility donated $2.4 million to refurbish an abandoned repair facility...
AVA Board of Directors Election
AVA members will elect a new president-elect and vice presidents for Region 5 and the Administration, Agricultural Education, Employment and Training, Guidance, Health Occupations Education and Special Needs divisions. As a result of a bylaws change...
Books - Opening Minds, Opening Doors by Dan Hull
Opening Minds, Opening Doorsby Dan HullCORD Communications, 1993209 pp., $27Reviewed by Angelo C. GilliThis new volume on tech prep devotes much to explaining the concept, with generous descriptions of its essential components. While this material is...
Helping Johnny Be Good
Discipline is the most dreaded task of the classroom teacher. "Problem kids" divert attention from learning and ratchet up the stress level of instructors who already are pulled in many directions.Not surprisingly, behavior management has been the subject...
Industrial Training, General Mills Style
Like most people around Albuquerque, I was delighted merely with the thought of new jobs for New Mexico when General Mills announced it was locating one of its plants in Albuquerque. As it turned out, the plant opening also provided a new market for...
I Saw It on TV
In quick, action-packed shots on the TV screen, world-class decathlete Dan O'Brien runs, high jumps, lifts weights, puts the shot and throws a discus and javelin.It could be a commercial for Reebok or another of O'Brien's corporate sponsors, but it's...
Marketing Tech Prep
If you're a vocational educator, you've heard of tech prep. You think it's a great idea. All the elements are there--applied learning, business and industry involvement, curricula that focus on strong technical and academic skills, a clear tie-in with...
Marvin Feldman Dead at 66
Marvin Feldman, who recently retired from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology after 21 years as the public vo-tech college's president, died September 24 of cancer. He was 66.During his tenure, Feldman directed a great expansion of FIT that included...
May the Force Be Walloped
Most of us would agree that students should be able to choose their own career paths based on abilities, aptitudes and interests.If we were to examine vocational program enrollments by gender, most states would find that much of their enrollment still...
Motivating Students to Learn
What's the key to educating at-risk students? You've got to touch the heart before you can reach the mind. Successful education involves more than the factual transfer of skills.Youth Motivation Plus, a performance-based diploma program of the Meridian...
Responding to Changing Times
Change is all around us. It is evidenced by new entrants in our field; new expectations of the enterprise; integration of vocational and academic curricula; tech prep ties between secondary and postsecondary institutions; the Clinton administration's...
Selling Voc Ed
The dream of all parents is to be the wisest and best parents possible for their children. John Dewey said that educational leaders have the job of ensuring that the desires of the wisest parents for their children are what all children receive.That's...
Standards Board Names Voc Ed Committee
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the group that is developing special certifications for teachers, has selected 16 people for the newly established Vocational Education Standards Committee. Ten of them are members of AVA.The committee...
Ten Ways to Revitalize Your Advisory Committee
Local advisory committees are important to the success of vocational education programs. Business and industry people who serve on the committees perform the crucial functions of advising schools on employers' needs, offering on-the-job training through...
Training Displaced Workers for Hot Jobs
In Southern California, the continued downsizing of the aerospace and defense industry has had a protracted, adverse impact on the economy. With more than 30,000 unemployed workers in Orange County, local aerospace and defense manufacturers have been...
Treat Recruiting as a Student Service
Some school patrons and administrators, especially those who have experience in elementary and secondary education finance, may believe it's not necessary to use public funds to recruit students. Their perception comes from a background of observing...
United They Can
Meg Krsacok was stumped. Just why were some private vocational-technical schools more successful at recruiting high school and adult students when she knew her school, Greene County Career Center (GCCC), had a better product at a lower cost?So Krsacok,...
Using Partnerships to Master New Software
The presentation was sharp and engaging from the first hour to the last. Bob Sereico's brisk humor and a clear, colorful projection of his flashiest programs for Microsoft Windows enticed us all. A liquid crystal display panel--put on top of an overhead...
What Is Quality Voc Ed?
In these fast-paced times of competing interests, a sophisticated marketing campaign certainly is a plus in any effort to draw more students to vocational education. No matter how sharp the campaign, though, the vocational education program being promoted...
What's the Plan?
If only I could print up pamphlets and throw them out of an airplane, I would recruit enough students for my program," says one vocational instructor.Another teacher says he knew his program would be full if he could take out a full-page ad in a newspaper.Figuring...