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. 7, October

Act Locally
Randy Dorn, former chair of the House Education Committee in Washington state, says getting state money for education programs isn't rocket science. As he tells how vocational educators secured $1.6 million for implementing the Extended Day Dropout Retrieval...
Cause for an Elegant Evening
An elegant dinner, a play at the theater, a ride on the new Denver Light Rail, drinks at the Denver Press Club--sounds like a great date. And, for many of those who participated in this special evening last January, it was. But for the health occupations...
Computer Instruction: Everybody's Business
They're out there, whether we like it or not. Illegible handwritten memos, indecipherable sales receipts and diagrams that lose scale near the page edge still sneak their way into offices, but with the ease and application of computer programs, those...
Convention Preview
In a survey conducted after last year's conference in Dallas, convention attendees told AVA their top priorities for session topics were business-education partnerships, implementing effective school-to-work systems and skill standards for students....
Doctor, Lawyer ... Technical Chief?
It's no wonder national associations and political leaders are talking up the need for career counseling in the early grades.In a recent national survey conducted by the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE), children in third through...
Does STW Replace Tech Prep?
I am stunned by the confusion that I have been hearing and reading about regarding the tech prep initiative and school-to-work legislation. Colleagues around the nation are whispering about tech prep's slow death and describing how they are moving to...
Education Needs Cabinet-Level Status
When I was being interviewed for secretary of education in 1981, Ronald Reagan and I agreed that cabinet-level status for education in the federal government's executive branch held too much potential for federal control of our schools. We decided to...
Enjoy Denver and the Rockies
Denver is a major business center for the Mountain West. But the mile high city isn't all business. You'll find the city's downtown lively, accessible and very easy to navigate. Most important, life doesn't stop after 6 p.m.Our Denver sources tell us...
In California, Businesses and Schools Recognize Their Interdependence
Especially now that proposed federal legislation both cuts back on education funding and mandates the involvement of business and industry in vocational education programs, it has become even more important for educators to cultivate employers' support.This...
In Search of a Niche
In our information-based society, new skill needs emerge every day. Automobiles, for example, have become so complicated that only professionals have the tools and skills necessary to fix them. We have become completely dependent on the expertise of...
Marketing Your STW Program
So, you have a vision of school-to-work --what you know is the best (and maybe even the last) chance to save public education in America. It will benefit all students-not just a limited number, as was the case with most tech prep programs. It will strengthen...
Opportunity Glows within the Gloom
There's been a lot of bad news to deal with lately. Visiting several state association conferences this summer, I played the unfortunate role of bearer of bad tidings.Our nation's capital has been the source for much of these woes. Congress is in the...
Our Name May Be Holding Us Back
Let's talk about the V word.To professionals in our field, "vocational" is straightforward and respectable. It means, simply, "pertaining to a profession or occupation." It is clear to me and most AVA members that we all take great pride in our profession...
Riding out the Storm
Still trying to digest the recent news that their school might be closed, the students and faculty at Lindblom Technical High School were made to feel like dying prey one April morning as people sent by the outgoing school board hovered about their classrooms...
Short-Term Training: Long-Term Solution?
How many of you are concerned about shrinking or static budgets? How many of you would like to have a larger degree of self-determination over the amount of revenue your institution receives?If you are willing to change how and what your institution...
STW Building Blocks
Knowledge in the world is doubling every seven years--so if you want to be an active member--it is essential that you continuously learn and learn how to learn.The N & R Services Division's general and related subjects section represents educators...
STW Roles for New & Related Services
If our youth and adults are to have the best chance possible for success in the workplace, systemic and collaborative change in our education system is imperative. We cannot continue to educate our students as we have in the past. What we have been doing...
Washington Does Not Know Best
The federal education apparatus illustrates what has gone awry in Washington over the past several decades. The national government has become meddlesome, intrusive and bullying. It now impedes more than it fosters. Much of what it mandates or encourages...