ERIC Number: ED329681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education: A Success Story. Southern California Regional Occupational Center among the Nation's Best. Reprint Series.
Collins, Lyle; Just, Anne
Thrust, v19 n7 p26-28 May-Jun 1990
This article tells the vocational education success story of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC). The success of the program results in part from the fact that it is not a high school in itself, but a program that brings together youth from various locales and mixes them with adults taken from the working population in the South Bay area. The atmosphere of cooperation is intended to reflect real life settings. Both students and teachers actively participate in and welcome opportunities for individualized teacher student interaction. There is no ability grouping at SCROC. Four ongoing programs have classes for special education students. Most of these students continue with cooperative courses, which include classroom training and paid employment. College-bound students also enroll in SCROC classes; computer skills, graphic design, and technical and computer-aided drafting have the greatest appeal. Medical and dental assisting courses are popular with premed students. In addition to high school credit and grades awarded to students, SCROC provides students with materials and services useful to obtaining employment. The curriculum is occupationally centered, with a hands-on emphasis to produce salable skills. The program has an equally strong focus on individual student placing. Currently, SCROC has 12 divisions offering 60 courses on site at the Torrance Center and 15 courses off site on local high school campuses. (NLA)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, College Bound Students, Computer Assisted Design, Computer Oriented Programs, Cooperation, Cooperative Education, Drafting, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Individualized Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Premedical Students, Special Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: Southern California Regional Occupational Center