ERIC Number: ED159362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Skill Catalog for Curriculum Evaluation and Student Placement. Final Report.
Piper, Don; Barrett, James
To facilitate local vocational curriculum evaluation and student job placement, a project was conducted to develop procedures that at a minimal yearly cost would appropriate the basic ideas of the V-TECS (Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States) catalogs. Focus was on the creation and maintenance of a catalog of job entry skills and other employment data needed by vocational graduates in order to become employable within approximately a fifty-mile radius of the North Lawrence Area (Indiana) Vocational-Technical Center. It was intended that the procedures would be usable by other school systems with a minimal data processing capability. Computer programs were written and procedures developed to create, maintain, and use two low-cost computerized data files: a student file with catalogued skills achieved both in school and through on-the-job training after graduation and a potential-employer file of specific job titles with their required skills. The catalog and data files have the capability to (1) provide a list of potential applicants in response to inquiries from prospective employers, (2) notify students of job opportunities utilizing their skills for as long as they chose to remain active in the file, (3) provide local job information to students and staff, and (4) compare the acquired skills of the graduates (i.e., curriculum results) with the recorded needs of local industry. All major activities are controlled by one computer program: file update, student notification, industry list of potential applicants, and tally of skill codes. (Appendixes contain all the input and output formats as well as the BASIC program and its English translation.) (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Board of Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: North Lawrence Vocational-Technical Center, Bedford, IN.