ERIC Number: ED329705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Education Tool and Equipment Inventory. April 1988 Update.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
A study was conducted to determine if the Pennsylvania vocational education system could deliver cost-effective training needed by business and industry and to establish the adequacy of tools and equipment for this purpose. Information was obtained from a multiple-item survey sent to 71 area vocational schools, 61 comprehensive high schools, and 14 community colleges that received funds under the distribution procedures established in Act 1984-107. Some of the results of the 144 responses are the following: (1) new equipment proposals are made to the governing board as required; (2) tools increased in value about 50 percent over the last 3 years since passage of the act; (3) all program areas reported increases in overall tool and equipment values, except in area vocational schools' agriculture and business programs; (4) largest increases in tools were reported in the program areas of trade and technical education; and (5) increases were shown in uses of robotics, word processing, laser technology, computer-aided design, and biotechnology. The study concluded that the act had no effect on the ways institutions fund tool purchases, that monies generated by the act were used to replace monies lost to federal cutbacks, and that private sector funds for tools doubled but fell short of meeting the increased needs being experienced by the institutions. (Appendices include the survey form and a table of allocations and expenditures by area schools and community colleges.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers: Area Vocational Technical Schools; Pennsylvania