NET Gain

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Calendars of events, including meetings and conferences, appear on the Web sites of several vocational educationrelated organizations. This installment of "NET Gain" highlights five of the more substantive calendars. For comparison of coverage the calendars were searched for events occurring September-December.

The major players

The National School-to-Work Office maintains a calendar of events at www.stw.ed.gov/calendar/htm. The calendar, listing about 30 events, is clearly and attractively presented. In some cases, it provides links to the sponsoring organization's Web-based information.

The National Center for Research in Vocational Education s calendar, listing about 20 events, is located at http://ncrve.berkeley.edu/ CalendarPage.html. Because of the site's database you can search for events by title, location, sponsoring organization or date. Surfers can choose long or short descriptions of events and sort events by date or organization name. There also are links to the event sponsors' Web pages when available.

The Florida School-to-Work Information Navigator lists about 15 upcoming events at www.flstw.fsu.edu/upcoming.html. Like the School-to-Work Office calendar, it is organized as a single chronological page with links to sponsors' pages when available.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has a calendar at http://smiley.xpandcorp.com/ doleta/newcal, which lists almost 40 events. The presentation is similar to the School-to-Work Office, but the database format allows for more flexibility. However, there is not a search facility (other than using your Web browser to search the current display). …