ERIC Number: ED419101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education in Alaska. 1997 Status Report.
Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Teaching and Learning Support Div.
In 1997, 78,644 Alaskans participated in vocational education (VE) in a public secondary school or university. Enrollments in secondary- and postsecondary-level VE were approximately equal. At the secondary level, 57% of vocational students were male. Alaskan natives accounted for only 15% of the total vocational enrollment at the postsecondary level. Job placement was the goal for most VE, particularly at the postsecondary level. Of the 1994 VE program completers, 77% were employed in Alaska in the year after their graduation, and 46% were employed in an occupation directly related to their course of study. As a group, VE completers earned 52% more than graduates with no VE. For Alaskan natives and female completers of postsecondary VE, the wage benefits of VE increased 57% and 178%, respectively. State funding was by far the greatest source of funding for VE. Several significant trends were affecting VE in Alaska, including the following: Alaska's Quality Schools initiative, school-to-work, welfare reform, and Carl Perkins reauthorization. The following broad themes for VE program improvement were identified through a review of pertinent documents and interviews with VE stakeholders: embrace school reforms; engage in the state's economic development agenda; and provide leadership and resources. (Contains 39 references and an executive summary precedes the full report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Annual Reports, Articulation (Education), Change Strategies, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Facilities, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Labor Market, Leadership, Outcomes of Education, Program Administration, Program Costs, Relevance (Education), Salary Wage Differentials, Staff Development, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics, Tech Prep, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Welfare Reform
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Teaching and Learning Support Div.
Identifiers: Alaska; Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; Welfare to Work Programs
Note: Prepared by Madden Associates.