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. 71, No. 2, February

At Your Service
Retail and hospitality opportunities are expanding in a U.S. economy marked by a rapidly growing service sector If shopping, eating and traveling are three of America's favorite pastimes, it stands to reason that some of America's fastest-growing jobs...
AVA Board of Directors Election
Members of the American Vocational Association will choose a new president-elect and vice presidents for Region I and the Marketing Education, Technical Education and Technology Education divisions for a three-year term beginning July 1, 1996. The two...
Balancing Act
What this country needs more than anything is balance. It seems we have become a nation of extremes. And just as we need balance as a nation, we need balance in career preparation, too. The present imbalance is evident at many levels and in many areas...
Competition or Collaboration
Professionals in agricultural education have been reared on competition. Experiences early in life-programs such as FFA and 4-H, for example-have helped create a competitive nature and strong desire toward goal-setting and achievement. Solid goals with...
Easy Living
In Charlottesville, Virginia, building trades students are working on a novel project that reflects a new trend in residential housing. Through an innovative curriculum, they're learning about the needs of the disabled and the elderly as they build a...
Employability Skills: Teens Learn for Themselves
Most high school students probably have heard about the importance of employability skills. But after several times of hearing "show up for work, be on time and work well with others" from teachers and parents, the valuable advice can start to sound...
In Washington
Administration urges Congress to protect school-to-work funds in block grant bill Both of the workforce development block grant bills currently before a HouseSenate conference committee would give governor-led coalitions much more freedom to decide how...
In with the New, but Not out with the Old
Many school board members have fond memories of their high school industrial arts experiences. These policy makers can handle a T-square, strike an arc with an electric welding electrode, repair a tape player, install a light switch, paint a room, replace...
Keeping Up
IN BRIEF MORE JOBS, SAME PAY USA Today reports that 1996 college graduates will have an easier time finding jobs. According to a Michigan State University survey of 527 businesses, industries and governmental agencies, the number of college graduates...
Like a Rock
FROM LEAN TIMES TO PROSPERITY, SKILLS TRAINING SUSTAINED JIM BECK A restless youth from a small town, Eric Beck headed for Orlando, Florida, to earn good money and see the big city. Still a welding student at South Georgia Technical Institute (SGTI),...
Membership: Enlarging the Circle
When times are uncertain it is best to secure a sure thing. In the case of health occupations education and vocational education, we must do more of what we hopefully have been doing all alongestablishing partnerships. The best part about establishing...
New Members: The Lifeblood of AVA
As we move into the new year, our association must continue to lead vocational-technical education with proactive strategies aimed at developing the best system for our students. With additional workforce training responsibilities being assigned to governors...
Partnership Benefits
When times are uncertain it is best to secure a sure thing. In the case of health occupations education and vocational education, we must do more of what we hopefully have been doing all alongestablishing partnerships. The best part about establishing...
Prepare for Even More Rapid Change
We are drowning in knowledge. At the rate at which technology is developing, the human brain cannot process all of this new information as fast as it receives it. We can no longer teach effectively using the same methods we did in the 1950s and '60s....
Reaching New Heights in the Mile-High City
Attendees of "Peak Performance," the 1995 AVA Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, had the opportunity to hear such speakers as U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, 1996 Miss America Shawntel Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith and International...
Selling Self-Interest
There are plenty of companies willing to be partners in work-based learning programs-if it profits them We don't have time. It costs too much to train students. You have to pay them and lose the productivity of the trainer. A company could be liable...
Starting from Scratch
There are as many different start-up stories as there are communitybuilding enterprises. Every situation is unique, although there are some commonalities.All enterprises must decide WHAT TO MANUFACTURE AND MARKET. Do not select a product or service that...
"Teachers Would Be Surprised"
This Rural Electronics Program Has No Shortage of Business Partners When Marion Wood retired from Xerox Corporation in the late 1980s, he left Rochester, New York, for his boyhood home of Carthage, Missouri-a rural town of 10,500. Wood knew how difficult...
The Mystery of History
ABYSMAL TEST SCORES PROVE MOST KIDS ARE CLUELESS ABOUT AMERICA'S PAST. A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER SAYS THAT WOULD CHANGE IF HER SUBJECT HAD MORE TIES TO THE REAL WORLD OF WORK. As a history and social studies teacher, If find it fascinating to probe the...
The Right Change at the Right Time
IN THIS INSIDER Talk of being receptive to change in all the disciplines of vocational education could be approaching monotony, but it is important to look ahead to the potential results of such change. In agricultural education, like in other fields...
When Opportunity Flees
As employers downsize, companies leave town and the "good" jobs get rarer, rural and urban schools must get creative with work-based learning Tech prep, school-to-work transition, youth apprenticeship, workbased learning, school-business partnerships...
Where the Living Is Easier
Last fall I visited Sun City, Arizona, for the first time. I entered the sprawling retirement community with vague visions of golf carts, country clubs and mah jong in mind. But Sun City, I learned, is much more than a playground for the wealthy retiree...
Worth Replicating
When times are uncertain it is best to secure a sure thing. In the case of health occupations education and vocational education, we must do more of what we hopefully have been doing all along-- establishing partnerships. The best part about establishing...