Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Keeping Up

Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Keeping Up

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USA Today reports that 1996 college graduates will have an easier time finding jobs. According to a Michigan State University survey of 527 businesses, industries and governmental agencies, the number of college graduates finding jobs will increase by 4.7 percent. But more jobs doesn't mean more pay. Starting salaries are up only about half a percentage point since last year. The survey also found that chemical engineers ($41,182), mechanical engineers ($37,265) and electrical engineers ($36,706) have the best average starting salaries. Journalists racked up the lowest starting salary at $20,154.


In 1994-95 nearly 40 percent of adults in the U.S. participated in one or more adult education program, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. College graduates made up the majority of these nearly 76 million adults, participating three times more than those without a high school diploma and two times more than those without any postsecondary education.


Linkages newsletter, published by The National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center, reports that 90 percent of people fired from their jobs are dismissed because of poor attitudes, inappropriate behavior and difficulties with interpersonal relationships, not because of deficient job skills. This is according to a recent national study conducted by the Center for Public Resources.

"BIG" BENEFITS FOR TEENS Public/Private Ventures, a national program development and research organization, reports that teenagers who meet regularly with a Big Brother or Big Sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program are less likely to be involved with drugs and alcohol, more likely to excel in school and have better relationships with their parents and peers. P/PV found that the mentored teens were 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to start drinking alcoholic beverages and 52 percent less likely to skip school.


Grants, awards, calls for proposals


The Hitachi Foundation will present up to 10 U.S. high school seniors with Yoshiyama awards for exemplary service to the community. The winning students each will receive a $5,000 stipend over the course of two years. Students must be nominated by someone associated with their community service and leadership work. For an application, contact The Yoshiyama Award, P.O. Box 19247, Washington, D.C. 20036-9247. Letters of recommendation also are required. The deadline is April 1,1996.


The National Women's Project is offering a free catalogue of multicultural women's history materials for the classroom. Posters, books and videos are available about such AfricanAmerican women as civil rights activist Ella Baker and astronaut Mae Jamison. Contact the National Women's History Project, 7738 Bell Road, Dept. P, Windsor, CA 95492-8518; (707) 8386000.


Miller Electric Manufacturing Company is selling its Educational Instructor's Package at a reduced price to all high school, technical school, college and company welding program teachers. The package-which includes such items as Miller reference publications, a lifetime subscription to MEMCO News and a universal safety symbol poster-is valued at $75, but is available to educators for $20. Contact the Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Marketing Department, P.O. Box 1079, Appleton, WI 54912; (414) 751-2120.


The American Association for Career Education is selling Career Education That Works, a 20-page booklet that includes descriptions and contacts for 18 award-winning programs, practices and publications. The cost is $4.50 per booklet and must be prepaid. Contact AACE, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378. …

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