ERIC Number: ED231493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Operations Manual: Development and Use of a Vocational Support Services Team (VSST) Model within a Correctional Institution.
Macht, Barbara E.; Weaver, Diane E.
This manual describes the vocational support services team (VSST)model used by Hagerstown Junior College (HJC) in its program at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. The program, which offers two-year associate degrees in Accounting and Business, and Administration of Justice, incorporates a system of individual diagnosis, prescription and programming to prepare the disadvantaged inmate in the areas of career planning and development, job search, and vocational development. Following introductory material, the manual explains the design of the VSST model, reviewing its goals, funding, members of the VSST team (i.e., coordinator, diagnostic/prescriptive teacher, secretary, tutor, and steering and advisory committees), and first-year activities. Subsequent sections examine the following program components: (1) the identification, screening, and orientation process; (2) the use of self-paced, competency-based instructional modules as supplementary course materials; (3) the College Tutoring Center, at which students work with self-paced materials, on test-taking and textbook attack skills, and career planning research in required tutoring sessions; and (4) a required 15-week course in career planning. The next section summarizes the results of formative and summative evaluations of the project, which stressed the importance of the advisory and steering committees and student concern about their progress and future. (AYC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hagerstown Junior Coll., MD.