ERIC Number: ED221316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Rural Vocational Assessment: Lincoln County, Washington. Final Report.
Emerson, L. J.
Seven small rural school districts (averaging less than 100 high school students each) in Lincoln County, Washington, joined to perform a vocational assessment of their districts. All grade 9-12 students were mailed questionnaires; 520 surveys were mailed and 212 were returned. Only 26% of the students indicated that they were thoroughly familiar with their school's vocational education classes. While approximately 33% had pretty well decided which career or job they planned to pursue, 75% had partial or no knowledge of needed skills. Students were asked to select 3 areas that interested them most from 10 occupational cluster areas. The three highest responses were business and office (51%), home and family life (35%), and marketing (31%). Lincoln County's employment picture will soon change dramatically with construction of an electrical powerplant and opening of a large mine. Since additional vocational coordination is needed regardless of the projects, it is recommended that a full-time vocational director be employed on a cooperative basis to serve needs of participating districts. Since funding formulas work against small schools, additional funds must be obtained to support the vocational direction needed by the participating schools. Appendices include the survey, results, and interdistrict vocational cooperative documents. (BRR)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Coordinators, Employment Projections, Energy Occupations, Financial Support, High Schools, Needs Assessment, Regional Cooperation, Rural Schools, Shared Services, Small Schools, State School District Relationship, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Impact; School District Size; Washington (Lincoln County)