ERIC Number: ED328733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Resource Educator: A Support Service Model.
The Vocational Resource Educator (VRE) coordinates the activities of all handicapped students of DeSoto County School District in Mississippi and provides vocational assessment to all handicapped students who enroll in a vocational program. Vocational support personnel assess students' interests, abilities, and special needs so they can successfully complete their vocational program. The assessment program determines what support services are needed in order for the student to have a successful learning experience. The VRE acts as an advocate for the handicapped and serves as a liaison between vocational personnel in implementing a program and providing support services to students. The assessment process is ongoing, beginning with eighth-grade experiences and uses information on file in the student's records. From this information support personnel, vocational teachers, or counselors suggest modifications necessary for students' success. All mandates of the Carl Perkins Act as it relates to the handicapped must be fulfilled. The VRE analyses the information in relation to the courses available in the district and identifies the vocational needs and capabilities of the student. An individualized, work-oriented, vocational program that prepares handicapped students for employment is the result of this analysis and identification procedure. A chart detailing eight responsibilities of the VRE Program of Work is included: (1) identify handicapped students; (2) establish documentation procedures; (3) provide vocational assessment; (4) ensure proper notification of programs; (5) act as a liaison; (6) provide special support services; (7) provide career development activities; and (8) ensure counseling services. Each responsibility statement includes activities, resources, timelines, and outcomes. (NLA)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Career Development, County School Districts, Disabilities, Individual Needs, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Instruction, Needs Assessment, Personality Assessment, Program Implementation, School Guidance, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Evaluation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984; DeSoto County School District MS; Vocational Resource Educators
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, December 1990).