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. 70, No. 5, May

Bucking Broncos and Briar Patches
After hearing of my appointment as executive director, a longtime AVA member extended his congratulations at our December convention in Dallas. He wished me well on the journey, which he suggested would be not unlike a ride on a bucking bronco.This member...
Going Global
Business owners in Knoxville, Tennessee, were frustrated. The global marketplace was mushrooming, but many of their employees couldn't tell the difference between England and New England. Nor did very many enter the job with adequate workplace or technical...
How Utah Got Financial Backing for Comprehensive Guidance
In This InsiderBefore the school-to-work transition can be a reality for our high school graduates, there must be a marriage of guidance counselors and vocational-technical teachers. It has been well publicized that 75 percent of jobs by 2000 will not...
Installing the Future
While many hope to someday catch a ride on the information superhighway, a technical school in New Jersey has helped pave it.A fiber optics program at Somerset County Technical Institute is preparing college students and trades people for telecommunication's...
Minority Leader
In the early 1980s Ranken Technical College's record of recruiting and retaining black students was pretty dismal. The St. Louis private, nonprofit school had only 25 black students of 500 total enrollees--despite the city's large concentration of African-Americans.This...
New Era Dawns for AVA
As my year as president draws to a close, I look back at the "changing faces" of AVA. This has been an event-filled year that I believe marks the beginning of a new era for the association.AVA is well on the way to becoming the premier organization for...
Re-Engineering School Administration
Now that most of the public seems to have gotten the message that schools must do a better job of providing a relevant education to prepare students for work, the school administrator likewise must move from the traditional role of compliance officer...
Status of Postsecondary Vocational Education
The NCES and MPR update of Vocational Education in the United States: 1969-1990 also will contain national data on postsecondary vocational education. These two pages highlight the postsecondary findings from some of the data to be included in the new...
Status of Secondary Vocational Education
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and MPR Associates, Inc. (MPR) will soon publish an update to the report Vocational Education in the United States: 1969-1990, which will contain the most recent national data on issues related to vocational...
Sunset or Daybreak?
In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens begins his story thusly: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Many high school vocational educators may easily agree with the second sentiment--it is the worst of times for them--but they may...
The Vanishing Educator
Can you imagine going to school from pre-K to 12th grade and never being taught by someone who shares your ethnic identity? For thousands of minorities across the country, that scenario is a daily reality.In 1992 minorities--African, Hispanic, Asian...
Vocational Student Makes Prime Time
Few are better qualified to speak out on the importance of school-to-work programs and job training for welfare recipients than Esperanza Garza.She is not, however, a vocational educator. Nor is she a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. In fact, she isn't even...
What Will Vocational Education Be If the Futurists Are Right?
In this InsiderThis Insider may be a bit shocking. As one of the vocational administrators expected to pave the way and provide leadership, I feel it is our responsibility to address the issue of the changing work world and come to grips with what the...
When in Rome
On the evening of March 18, 1994, I led 22 marketing students into the Rome airport to begin an eight-day tour of Italy. Our arrival was the culmination of months of fundraising, planning and excitement for this trip, during which we hoped to learn all...
Why Educate?
Why do we bother to have schools? Or as Gerald Bracey put it recently in a Phi Delta Kappan article, supposing that all the kids did succeed, what difference would that make?From far right to far left, and those in-between, all have agreed schooling...