Techniques

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. 73, No. 1, January

Accreditation Solution
It may not be the headlining health care issue, but it's definitely making news among health occupations education professionals. The accreditation process for health care programs and facilities is growing more and more problematic and expensive, making...
A Cut above the Stereotypes
No one disputes that cosmetology needs a serious image makeover. But when you brush off the misperceptions and hold a mirror to the field, you may well be surprised at how attractive a career option it is. You'd expect to find the teens at South...
A Field That's "Perfect" for Entrepreneurs
LeeAnn Nelbach remembers well her parents' and guidance counselors' reactions when she decided to enroll in high school cosmetology. It was almost as if, in those volatile years at the end of the Vietnam War, she had announced her intention to tune in,...
A More Perfect Union
As industrial-style labor loses popularity and as demands for school reform reach critical mass, teachers are working nationally and locally to form It isn't so easy to get a standing ovation from Washington's education press. But when Chicago Mayor...
By Any Other Name
The words "advisory council" don't evoke overwhelming feelings of initiative or enthusiasm, but a few, easy changes can make this term the source of energy and support for vocational education programs in your community. The vocational-technical teachers...
Creating Futures
As the new year begins, we traditionally think about what we have accomplished over the past year and resolve to accomplish new things. Based on our accomplishments of 1997, I anticipate 1998 will be a banner year for AVA and vocational-technical education...
Interview with Sandra Feldman
In November, Techniques spoke by phone with Sandra Feldman, the energetic new president of the 950,000 member American Federation of Teachers A former New York City public schools teacher and lifelong activist, Feldman took the AFT helm last May after...
Interview with Sandra Feldman
In November, TechniQues spoke by phone with Sandra Feldman, the energetic new president of the 950,000-member American Federation of Teachers. A former New York City public schools teacher and lifelong activist, Feldman took the AFT helm last May after...
It's Recess: Let's Get Busy
When Congress reconvenes in January, legislators will once again try to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act. By no means is their success a given, despite that "re" prefix. The same issue that stymied...
Job Shadowing Success Story
Two years ago the practical nursing program for the Portsmouth Public Schools in Portsmouth, Virginia, graduated only six students. It wasn't the first time that the school year began with a full class of 20 and then dropped off to single digits....
Letters
Mommies Against Welding I just wanted to compliment you on the recent Techniques issue (October 1997). It's the best I've seen in a good while. Not that the others weren't great, but this one is exceptionally pertinent to what's going on in Louisiana...
LPNs to RNS
It may have been a lot of work, but developing an articulation agreement for a consortium of nursing programs in the Tidewater, Virginia area has been well worth it. Ten years ago Frank M. Peele, then vocational director for the Norfolk Public Schools,...
NET Gain
The September 1995 installment of "NET Gain" featured several Web sites dealing with school-to-work. Since then the number of school-to-work sites has mushroomed, but some of the original sites have grown and continue to serve as useful sources of legislation...
Old Hat, New Name?
Service learning--it's an education trend on the rise. But as schools across the nation begin sending young volunteers out into their communities to apply what they've learned in class to the real world, vocational educators everywhere will say--we've...
Professional Post
COOK-OFF CONTEST-Johnson & Wales University is accepting entries for its National High School Recipe Contest, an annual event showcasing the skills of culinary students. Eligible high school and vocational school seniors must follow the guidelines...
Ready, CET, Go
The unemployed come into the Center for Employment Training, learn skills and, for the most part, get jobs. Seeking a welfare-to-work model, federal officials have opened the coffers to help clone CETs in other communities. It's 4 p.m., quitting...
Sweet Sixteen Are Thriving
During the 1992-93 school year the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation chose 16 school-to-work programs to keep an eye on for a few years. The nonprofit, social policy research group wanted to observe their progress as fledgling programs....
Sweet Sixteen Are Thriving
During the 1992-93 school year the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation chose 16 school-to-work programs to keep an eye on for a few years. The nonprofit, social policy research group wanted to observe their progress as fledgling programs. Would...
Tackling the Info Tech Shortage
In response to a critical shortage of skilled information technology workers, Microsoft and the American Association of Community Colleges have launched a $7 million initiative that will allow community colleges to apply for grants of up to $300,000...
Targeting Clients the Brochures Don't Mention
"President Clinton has said for a long time, 'Create jobs.' Well, I'm creating jobs-for all the hairdressers who want to go out and do as many services as possible, for everyone," says Noella Charest-Papagno with pride. But you won't find the kinds of...
The Four BS of Classroom Management
You got some practice as a student teacher, but managing your very own classroom can be a big challenge. Heed these four "Bs" and create a learning environment free from distractions. You've just begun your first year as a vocational teacher and...
Tulsa Tech Students Give Volunteerism a High-Five
Four Tulsa Technology Center students, accompanied by a mile's worth of vinyl, traveled from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Washington, D.C., in October to unscroll banners and lay down a challenge to their fellow students nationwide to get more involved in community...
Unions in School-to-Careers: Friend or Foe?
Successful work-based learning opportunities rely on the commitment of school leaders, employers--and an often overlooked, but crucial, third party: labor representatives. If you're developing and running a school-to-careers program, trade unions...
Vocational Administrators: An Endangered Species?
Who should administer vocational education programs? It's a question that has been addressed at several points during vocational education's long history. But it hasn't been examined within the recent frameworks of education reform, with the advent...
Vocational Education Gets Modest Increase in New Federal Budget Bill
President Clinton on November 13 signed into law the $277 billion fiscal 1998 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education budget bill, approving about $1.147 billion in vocational education funding for the budget year that runs through next September....
Want to Clone a CET?
Schools interested in adopting the CET model for training hard-to-serve adults may still be able to apply for technical assistance. The five-year-old U.S. Department of Labor grant program for replicating CETs was scheduled to end at the close of 1997....
We Need a Common Language
A recent Gallup survey proves the public expects schools to help prepare students to plan for careers and develop useful job skills. The conclusions of Gallup's research verify the need for career planning and skill development emphasis at all school...
What Does "New Unionism" Mean to You?
These are volatile times for America's labor unions. After many years of uninterrupted leadership, both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers elected new presidents last year. And neither took the helm quietly. NEA's...
What's New about Bob Chase's "New Unionism?"
As he promotes better collaboration with management in exchange for a greater teacher role in running schools, National Education Association President Bob Chase also is reversing the union's traditional leadership structure in which the bread-and-butter...
Writing the Book of Mentoring
A training manual developed by Pennsylvania educators helps adults live up to their roles as work-place guides for students. It's a familiar scenario in the realm of work-based learning. An industry representative is eager to take a student under...
Writing the Book on Mentoring
A training manual developed by Pennsylvania educators helps adults live up to their roles as workplace guides for students. t's a familiar scenario in the realm of work-based learning. An industry representative is eager to take a student under his wing....

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