ERIC Number: ED221693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Vocational Educational Needs of Trainable Mentally Retarded Secondary School Students. Final Report, 1981-1982.
Walls, Thomas J.
A study was conducted to determine the following: (1) the needs of the trainably mentally retarded (TMR) population to be served by Mercer County (New Jersey) Vocational Technical Schools; (2) jobs in the community that might be available for graduates of the program and specific training relevant to those jobs; (3) agencies and institutions that could provide support services for TMR students; and (4) a curriculum that could be developed and implemented. In order to fulfill these objectives, a needs survey was developed for TMR students, their parents, and teachers, as well as for local businesses. A list of businesses in Mercer County was compiled, and these businesses were sent the survey. Parents were interviewed by telephone, and TMR students were interviewed in person. Fifty-three businesses responded with 30 TMR parents interviewed and 25 former and 15 present TMR students responding to the survey. Tabulation and analysis of the responses showed the following: a need for vocational training for TMR students in Mercer county; training to be conducted by Mercer County Vocational Technical Schools; a positive feeling by employers for hiring TMR students once the trained TMR students improve their employability skills. These needs will be addressed by Mercer County Vocation Technical Schools over the next few years. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education and Career Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Vocational-Technical Schools, Trenton, NJ.
Identifiers: New Jersey (Mercer County)