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. 4, April

Alaska Youth: Ready for Work
In March 1989, at the invitation of Alaska's governor, more than 40 distinguished CEOs met to determine whether Alaska's youth were "ready for work." The CEOs, who led companies that employed 20 percent of Alaska's workforce, concluded that far too many...
Collaborate or Die
The title of this month's column takes its lead from the New Hampshire slogan "Live Free or Die," a stance many state residents proudly advertise on their license plates. It may seem a cold and fiercely independent statement--as cold as the New Hampshire...
For Jailed Youth, a Way Out
Preparing incarcerated youth for skilled employment is perhaps the greatest challenge facing vocational education.More than 100,000 juveniles are locked up in nearly 3,300 public and private facilities around the country. Most--82 percent--are male,...
If You Can't Buck the Trend, Help Set It
After three decades of sorting our student population into categories of special needs in an earnest attempt to provide a better education, increase support services and awareness of individual needs, what do we make of this trend toward serving "all"...
Learning to Trust
Tech prep has taken hold in Southeast Florida. Year by year, more teachers are replacing lecture techniques with project-based strategies that communicate the real-world use of math, science and English.Administrators interviewing new teachers look for...
Make Room for Dali
The word is out. And this time they say it really is for real: "Our moment is at hand--vocational education has finally arrived."It is clear that interest and enthusiasm (though not necessarily funding) for vocational-technical education programs are...
Success Is in the Details
So you have a tech prep program at your high school? Congratulations. Who knows about it? Well, all of the students in the courses that connect with the local community college. That's important, but what about the other 90 percent of the student body?...
Tech Prep: Where Are We Now?
A Congressional subcommittee dealt vocational-technical education a blow in late February when it recommended complete elimination of remaining fiscal year 1995 tech prep funding. The $108 million-dollar cut, which was included as part of a $5.2 billion...
Tell Congress Tech Prep Works
No initiative affecting vocational-technical education has had as positive and significant an impact as tech prep. There were pockets of tech prep initiatives by the time Dale Parnell had written The Neglected Majority, but it was not until the 1990...
The Missing Link
When we launched our New York City Technical College tech prep program in 1991, we followed the basic 2+2 formula. his classically simple concept took shape quickly and easily--deceptively so, we later learned.We designed our program to link four New...
The Payoff
Cultivating Potential, Academy StyleEighteen-year-old Ronnie Houck doesn't wear cowboy boots. And he wants everyone to know that the Agritechnology Academy at Southfork High School in Stuart, Florida, isn't made up of a bunch of cowboys.A facet of the...
What School-to-Work Means for Tech Prep
"School-to-work" wasn't a magical term or everyone when those federal grants were announced in 1993.In Washington state, for example, a few tech prep consortia "got nervous really fast," says Rob Fieldman, director of planning and evaluation for the...
When "All" Becomes a Mysterious Term
When the School-to-Work Opportunities Act was signed in May 1994, many people wondered who would actually participate in the programs of the new school-to-work system at the state level.Some sensed immediately that "all students" was code for the "second...