ERIC Number: ED228416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Vocational-Technical Education Interface with Ohio's High Technology Business and Industrial Sector. Final Report.
McCormick, Robert W.
This study explored the relationship of vocational-technical educational institutions in Ohio with business and industry using high-technology applications. The study attempted to determine what high-technology applications will be adopted by Ohio's business and industry in the next 5 years, what experience the schools have had in working with high-technology industries, what skills are needed by employees and students entering this job market in the next 5 years, and how these educational needs can be met. Personal interviews were conducted with 32 educators and 15 industry executives in the manufacturing area. The study found that although the executives are supportive of vocational education, they do not view vocational education as a resource for training persons for high-technology positions. The executives pointed out that vocational education is usually carried out on the high school level and they would not want high school graduates working on their high-technology machinery. Instead, the executives expect to do most of their own in-plant training for high-technology jobs. They want to employ technical education graduates of two-year or four-year colleges for these positions. The consortium approach between business and education appears promising and has worked well where tried. One job tackled by the consortium approach has been the retraining of instructors to teach high-technology subjects. The executives stressed that students should take mathematics, science, and computer courses in order to qualify for industry training in high-technology companies. This could be provided in a "pre-technical" high school vocational education option. (KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Employer Attitudes, Futures (of Society), Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Advisory Council for Vocational Education, Columbus.
Identifiers: High Technology; Ohio