ERIC Number: ED344988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education at the Crossroads.
The United States faces stiff global competition in the marketplace of the future as other countries such as Germany, Japan, and the nations of the Pacific rim produce better products with a more skilled work force. Germany and Japan spend far more resources on job training for their youth than does the United States, especially on training noncollege-bound youth for technical jobs. In other countries, standards are set and youth completing programs are expected to be able to perform at that level, whereas in the United States, certification often means simply program completion. The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act Amendments of 1990, P.L. 101-392, and the Joint Training Partnership Act (JTPA) as well as other legislation aim to make the United States more competitive by educating all segments of the population, concentrating resources on improving programs leading to academic and job skill competencies needed for a technically advanced society. In order to make vocational education useful in preparing a world-class work force, it must become part of an occupational readiness system. Such a system would consider the following: needs of workers and employers; full participation of all citizens, even those who have not traditionally participated in the work force; accountability for outcomes produced and ongoing monitoring and evaluation; overcoming barriers to employment; coordination of resources among government, employers, community-based organizations, and labor; and long-range goals of creating a world-class work force. (11 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Institutional Cooperation, Job Skills, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).