ERIC Number: ED024825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Need for a Post-High School Vocational Training Program in Horticulture.
Elson, Donald E.; Robinson, George A.
The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether a post-high school vocational training program for horticultural workers is needed in Kansas. A preliminary survey of 76 nursery and six turfgrass firms and interviews with horticulture management personnel were conducted to provide direction and guidance for the final study. The final survey instrument, concerned with employment needs, willingness of firms to assist with the training program, and willingness to hire graduates of the program, was mailed to a stratified survey sample of 199 firms. Included in the sample were 29 institutions, 93 cities, 27 country clubs, and 50 nurseries. Returns were received from 92 (46.2 percent) of the firms surveyed by mail and a follow-up telephone survey was made o f a randomly selected 10 percent sample of the 107 non-respondents. Employers reported a scarcity of qualified nursery and landscape workers, golf course workers, and horticulture sales workers. The employers prefer job applicants with training, and sufficient opportunity is available to provide occupational experience with cooperating employers. It is recommended that vocational training programs in horticulture be initiated and that consideration be given to the place and value of high school, post-high school, and continuation education in the training and retraining of workers. (HC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Off Farm Agricultural Occupations, Ornamental Horticulture Occupations, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, State Surveys, Wages
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Vocational Education Research Coordinating Unit, Topeka.