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. 1, January

Attracting and Keeping HOE Teachers
The ability of school districts to attract and retain health occupations education teachers tends to be difficult because most of the teachers are certified in a specific health occupation where job opportunities are generally very good. Thus, HOE teachers...
Building Consensus
How much do we rely on smoothly functioning electronic components and controls? Think about what's affected when they go wrong: computers, telecommunications, satellites, automated factories, space flight vehicles, CAT scanners, defense systems, automated...
Change: Responsibility, Challenge, Opportunity! American V
New Directions in MembershipAVA closed the fiscal year with 36.126 members, down 3%, nearly 1,000, from the previous year. Only two Regions did not lose members--Region 3, which gained 248, and Region 4, which gained 3.However, in this time of education...
Employers Need Military Intelligence
It's a tough time to find work. Even though we hear the country is climbing out of a recession, that doesn't mean much to the thousands of laid-off Americans who must compete for fewer jobs.Job hunting is a trying experience for anyone, but perhaps doubly...
Following the ASE Lead: A Working Model for National Certif
For many years auto mechanics, employers and people who need their cars fixed -- and that's just about everybody at one time or another -- have shown a deep concern for standards in the automotive repair industry.When I started in the automotive repair...
From Campus Office to Gift Store
Remember when the school store was a cubbyhole near the principal's office, a place to buy notebooks and pencils? It was staffed by students but run by the administration.Today's on-campus service set-ups are much more elaborate. They may include bank...
From the Trenches: What Vocational Educators Say about Skil
We've heard a lot about the need for national skill standards to improve the American workforce. Several industry associations have established voluntary skill standards and certifications. The SCANS commission focused national attention on the issue....
High Schoolers Learn Job Skills at Student Center
Students at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, New York, don't have to leave the campus if they want to purchase school supplies or make a deposit to their savings account. Since January 1991, they've had access to the Student Business Center, a...
How to Shape Up Our Nation's Schools - How to Shape Up Our N
How to Shape Up Our Nation's Schoolsby Terrel H. Bell and Donna L. ElmquistTerrel Bell and Associates, 1993118 pp., $11.95Reviewed by Angelo and Lynne GilliIn this short treatise, former Education Secretary Terrel Bell presents three steps for jump-starting...
Member-Get-a-Member
Only about a fifth of the vocational educators in the nation are members of AVA, even though in a few states, such as Oklahoma and Alabama, more than half the potentials are members. According to data developed by our Membership Department, there are...
Move over, Clairol: Students Create a New Hair Care Line
Cosmetology students at Moore-Norman Vo-Tech Center in Norman, Oklahoma, have seen the future of hair care and it comes in a bottle. A fancy bottle, preferably, that touts all-natural ingredients and is labeled with a scientific-sounding name.Hair care...
Multi-Skilled Health Care Workers
Specialization may be the path most attractive to medical doctors, but the opposite appears to be true for many health care workers. Practitioners with skills in many areas have been working for more than three decades in hospitals, clinics, physicians'...
Nashville Convention Highlights
AVA's Nashville convention drew 6,600 attendees, more than at any convention since Las Vegas in 1987. They spent a week learning from professional development sessions, being motivated and inspired by special speakers, dazzled by cutting edge trade show...
National Skill Standards
Even when the U.S. economy was riding high in the 1980s, researchers were sounding alarms about industry losing its competitive edge in the world market. Those warnings came through in such reports as the Grant Foundation's The Forgotten Half, which...
Sex Abuse Case Highlights Need for Teacher In-Service
Ronald Walter Price, a former social studies teacher at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Maryland, recently made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. On October 14, the 48-year-old Price was sentenced to 26 years in prison for having had sex...
Skill Standards Will Come with Price Tag
The United States is now involved in the development of national, voluntary industry skill standards and student assessment strategies that are closely aligned with the School-to-Work Opportunities Act.Twenty-two grants have been awarded by the Departments...
Supply and Demand in Marketing Education
The teaching profession is changing in response to many forces. While educators have some control over the fate of their programs, advances in technology, economic and competitive factors and social change can dictate revisions.The ability to relate...
Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
Market segmentation is an ideal tool to understand and teach the increasingly diverse student population. It begins with a search for a marketing opportunity followed by the development and implementation of a strategy and then appropriate follow-up...