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. 7, October

Applied Academics in Technology Education
There can be no dispute. Tech prep is upon us. It is one of the most exciting innovations in education in decades and has far-reaching implications for students and educators alike. Successful implementation of effective tech prep programs requires the...
Benchmarking Technical Education Delivery Systems
One of the major challenges facing technical education is a perception, deserved or otherwise, that programs are not providing "world class" employees. Another challenge is the recommendation that education--especially vocational-technical education--benchmark...
Convention Preview
Work-based learning. Integrating vocational and academic education. Partnerships with business. Skill standards. Marketing voc ed.These issues facing today's vocational-technical educators will be the focus of the 1994 AVA annual convention December...
Doling the Dollars
The School-to-Work Opportunities Act, signed into law in May, is designed to address the nation's serious skills shortage through partnerships between educators and employers.High school students will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the Act (STWOA)....
Embrace Change to Strengthen Voc Ed
In last month's Journal, President Cynthia Lyon paid a fine tribute to retired Executive Director Charlie Buzzell. I hope to build upon the tradition of leadership that has been the hallmark of the American Vocational Association as I perform the duties...
Getting off the Tracks
In the average American high school today, students prepare for college or work on one of two tracks: college prep (47 percent) or vocational education (12 percent). The remaining 41 percent are headed nowhere certain on the broad "general education"...
Grads Who Choose Work Get No Respect
This fall, as another crop of seniors embarks the year of high school and heads toward college, it is once again time to reflect on a sad reality: While a college degree is a badge of honor, enrollment in the working class has become a curse.For the...
Home-Grown Lessons
Across the country, vocational-technical educators are working with other teachers, district administrators, employers and community leaders to build a new generation of school-to-work programs. Together they are mapping out plans for their communities'...
Job Outlook 2005: Where to Find the Good Jobs
Between now and the year 2005 there will be a 22 percent growth in employment in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That means 26.4 million more jobs will be added to the economy by then -- five years into the 21st century there will...
Let the Reforms Begin
Anyone who's read the requirements of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act knows that the law is nothing less than sweeping reform of secondary education. Many teachers greeted its passage with enthusiasm tempered by a bit of skepticism. Would the federal...
Role Playing the Interview
Need a way to drive home the importance of communication skills to your students? One technique I've found successful is the mock interview. Young people get the message fast when they see that self-expression can be the key to landing a job.Encourage...
Seizing Opportunities
To borrow from Dickens, "These are the best of times and the worst of times" for our profession.The good news is the current innovation and development going on in technology education. Few of us can remember a curriculum with such depth and breadth....
Spotlight on Technology: Paging Dr. Fix-It
By 1980 computers had revolutionized automotive repair and turned mechanics into technicians. That was the first big wave of technology to hit the automotive industry, according to instructor Jon Shubert of Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado.He...
Standards Create Need for Technical Workers
STANDARDS CREATE NEED FOR TECHNICAL WORKERSLOYD V. YATES AND VIDYA SINGH-GUPTAIt is generally thought that the rigors of conducting business in the global market concern only large, worldwide corporations such as IBM, Boeing or Intel. But technological...
Think Globally, Act Locally
Not since the decade after World War II has vocational-technical education had the opportunity to be a respected, full participant in the education of America's young people. The school-to-work movement has given us this chance.As vocational-technical...