Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

The Missouri Academy

Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

The Missouri Academy

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In 1989 leaders of the Missouri council of Vocational Administrators, recognizing the ever-increasing complexity of vocational-technical education and the large percentage of vocational administrators nearing retirement, created a school to aid in the pre-service and in-service development of vocational administrators.

The Missouri Vocational Education Administrators Academy provides short-term, intensive leadership training for people with appropriate ability, experience, education and interest for leadership responsibilities in vocational-technical education.

An advisory committee of 17 educators--including MCVA officers, a department of Elementary and Secondary Education representative and university teacher-educators--determines activities, provides a forum for concerns, promotes participation and evaluates the program. An operations committee plans and executes the annual program that is reviewed annually by the advisory committee.

Academy offerings are accepted for undergraduate and graduate credit. The courses have been successful because they have been designed by the academy and the cooperating higher education institutions, which helps to ensure high academic standards, practicality and timeliness of material. Courses are offered on weekends at locations across the state based on the heaviest concentrations of enrollment.

Several of the 13 courses fulfill requirements for initial vocational administrative certification as well as renewal of the five-year certificate. …

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