ERIC Number: ED110639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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A Comprehensive Study of Vocational Interests, Occupational Opportunities and Cooperative Education for the Mid-Plains Nebraska Technical Community College Area.
Boardman, Gerald R.; Mendenhall, Elton B.
The main purpose of the study was to develop a cooperative education plan for the Mid-Plains Technical Community College area through assessment of: (1) vocational interests of students in grades 9-12, (2) occupational opportunities of employers, and (3) various existing cooperative education programs. Vocational interest assessment consisted of administration of the Ohio Vocational Interest Survey and the Minnesota Work Values Inventory to 929 secondary students; occupational opportunities were assessed by analyzing 827 valid employer responses to an Occupational Opportunities Survey and a Cooperative Education Resources Survey. Visitation was made to all Nebraska two-year postsecondary institutions with Federal cooperative education programs as well as other selected technical community colleges with non-governmental programs. Exemplary cooperative education programs in other States also were surveyed. Findings indicated that, despite high interest levels, only about one-third of the high school students were enrolled in vocational or business-oriented programs. Future enrollments in postsecondary vocational-technical and business schools were highly related to early identification of students. The top-ranking interest area was farming-fishery-forestry, while the greatest occupational need was in the category of services. It was concluded that training programs in the services area were needed, especially for food and beverage preparation and service. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska