ERIC Number: ED351530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Report of a Business-Industry Forum (Columbia, South Carolina, March 26, 1992).
South Carolina State Council on Vocational and Technical Education, Columbia.
A public forum held by the South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education yielded information about the present and future needs of business and industry and how these groups perceive the role of secondary and postsecondary vocational education in today's society. The information elicited at the conference was summarized as follows: (1) a number of South Carolina districts are developing "tech prep" programs--100 percent participation in such programs is recommended; (2) too few South Carolina students receive career counseling--a "career evening" for students and parents is recommended; (3) too few employees demonstrate work ethics--instruction in work ethics and attitudes should be incorporated into the education process; (4) the value of all work should be emphasized; (5) industries complain that workers lack basic skills--all students should master basic skills and vocational or technical students should demonstrate such mastery before entering their programs; (6) the council recommends the development and implementation of apprenticeship programs; (7) all students should master some technical skills and receive early career education; (8) school districts should establish partnerships with local businesses and industry; (9) vocational education and academic education programs should be more integrated; and (10) employees should be trainable at all stages of their career--"tech prep" promises to improve the caliber of employees. (A list of council members and officers and a glossary of 28 terms are included in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Council on Vocational and Technical Education, Columbia.
Identifiers: South Carolina; Tech Prep