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. 82, No. 8, November-December

2007 ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo: The Premier Career and Technical Education Professional Development and Networking Event
ACTE knows that every educator needs something different from a professional development event. Some people focus on the networking, some on the exhibit hall, and some on the General Session speakers. ACTE, however, is dedicated to giving you all of...
An Interview with Bob Vila: The Original Do-It-Yourself Man Talks about His Work, the Construction Industry, and Has Advice for Students
ACTE: Tell us about your educational background. BV: Well, it's kind of ancient history at my age, but the approach I took was to study what was called pre-architecture at the junior college level in Florida. So straight out of high school, I was...
Building Partnerships
This issue of Techniques is devoted to building effective partnerships because it is so important for career and technical education (CTE), and education at large. Partnerships with business and industry, the community or other institutions are integral...
Building Relationships with Local Media: Holding an Editorial Board Meeting Can Be One Very Important Way to Positively Affect the Media's Coverage of Career and Technical Education
REPORTERS OFTEN HAVE A MISCONCEPTION THAT CTE STUDENTS ARE TROUBLED OR "AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RUNG." BUT TODAY'S CTE STUDENTS ARE SMART, TECHNOLOGICALLY SAVVY AND SUCCESSFUL. ACTE IS WORKING TO IMPROVE THE MEDIA'S PERCEPTION OF THEM AND THE PROGRAMMING...
Business Alliance Improve Career Awareness: The Initiative's Intent Is Not to Approach Businesses with an Outstretched Hand Looking for Money or Equipment, but Rather to Seek out Their Life Experiences and Business Contacts to Help Improve Career Awareness for All Students and Educators
Rich History More than 13 years ago, a handful of business leaders approached the Wake County Public School system in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the idea that a collaborative partnership be established to improve workforce development. They sought...
Businessman's Efforts Help Reinvent Valley Tech: What Started as a Single Local Businessman Searching for Ways to Help a School Meet His Workforce Needs Has Turned into a Long-Term Commitment, and a Structured Partnership Which Has Had a Significant Positive Impact on Education
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Machine shop and metal fabrication programs across the country have struggled since the mid-1980s when the rise in global competition resulted in more manufacturing jobs going overseas. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational...
Community Support Gives Rise to New Penta Career Center: Penta Relied Heavily on Existing Small Business Support; but They Also Hired a Marketing Research Company to Conduct an Image and Awareness Study, Which Helped Focus the Campaign Efforts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, PENTA CAREER CENTER IN PERRYSBURG, OHIO, has successfully served thousands of high school students and adults from Northwest Ohio. Calling a converted 1949 United States Army Depot building home, Penta...
Gateway's Horizon a Center of Excellence: Automotive Program Graduates Will Be Prepared for the Most Sophisticated Operations, Such as Working in the Luxury Vehicle Service Environment
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The partnership supporting the creation of Gateway Technical College's Horizon Center for Transportation Technology, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, morphed from one developed under a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant with...
Leadership Skills: Where Are They Being Taught?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ORGANIZATIONAL OFFICERS ARE ELECTED ANNUALLY TO LEAD various student career and technical education organizations across the country. When they accept those offices, they are expected to have the skills and abilities to provide...
Lesson Planning in the Classroom
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COVERS SO MANY AREAS that it is difficult to provide lesson plans for all CTE teachers; however, most good lesson plans share common qualities. When creating lesson plans, teachers often consider the six levels in the...
Partnering to Strengthen the Message
LAST MONTH'S "CAPITOL VIEW" FOCUSED ON MENTORING new career and technical educators to be advocates of CTE. This month I encourage you to also ask those outside of CTE to advocate for the field. Third-party advocates can be highly effective. Think...
Partnering with Business Coalitions: Common Interests and a Collaborative Mindset Make Coalitions Partners in Education
Many career and technical education (CTE) programs rely heavily on support from the business community to serve their students: however, there's very little information available on building solid business-education partnerships. Most people in the...
Partnerships Designed to Meet Customer Needs: An Overarching Goal Was to Provide a Real-World Learning Environment Acclimating Students to Their Future Workplaces and the Future Employment Needs of the Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is nearly impossible for one individual or a small committee to understand the complex needs of an entire school system and its community. Only by partnering with local business and community leaders, parents, teachers...
Recognizing the Need for Collaboration
WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE NEED FOR COLLABORATION, the first thought that may come to mind is leadership. Without leadership and direction there is no fertile ground for collaborative efforts to flourish. Authors Komives, Lucus and McMahon define leadership...
The Fourth Quarter and Heading into Overtime
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 40 YEARS IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)--well, actually closer to 50, if I consider my years as a high school and college student enrolled in "voc ed" and business courses. While packing up an...
The Next Generation of Technicians Prepare for Their Future: A Recent Survey Showed That Ayes Interns Are 40 Percent More Likely to Stay with a Dealership Than Technicians Hired by Other Means. They Are Also Brand New to the Work, Therefore Have Not Yet Developed Any Bad Habits or "Baggage."
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For Phoenix's East Valley Institute of Technology's (EVIT) automotive technology program, a unique partnership with local industry leaders is a key to success. Due to a highly successful partnership with Automotive Youth Educational...
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