ERIC Number: ED293234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
VECTOR A New Direction: Excellence in Education. [Final Report].
This final report details the activities of a project called VECTOR (Vocational Education, Community Transition, Occupational Relations). VECTOR sought to increase the employability of severely to mildly mentally handicapped students (aged 18-21) in transition from school to work in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota, area. VECTOR's objectives were to develop a long-range planning mechanism; incorporate a vocational counseling program; develop social/interpersonal skills, independent living skills, and occupational skills; enhance the attitudinal development of handicapped students; and develop support services to ensure the successful transition from school to work. During the 3-year grant period (October, 1984 through September, 1987), VECTOR provided training and employment to 72 students, 44 of whom egressed to post-school activity. The students' classroom activities were geared primarily to employability skills, independent community functioning, vocational training, and/or community-based employment. The project's effectiveness was evaluated based on student outcomes, consumer responses, and outside evaluations. The evaluation process found that student participation in secondary vocational programs steadily increased and a pool of employers was developed to provide meaningful worksites for VECTOR students. Improvements needed to be made in systematizing parental involvement. The volume concludes with an annotated bibliography of curricular materials and forms for student intake interviews and vocational skills assessment. (JDD)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, High Schools, Job Skills, Mental Retardation, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hennepin Technical Centers, Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Note: Funded by the Youth Employment Projects.