ERIC Number: ED185364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-13
Reference Count: N/A
Rationale and Justification for Vocational Education's Role in Youth Employment Programs.
American Vocational Association, Inc., Washington, DC.
Vocational education's primary goal--to prepare people for work--underscores the vital role the discipline can play in upgrading the employability of disadvantaged youth. Those who have received vocational training are more likely to stay in school and receive higher salaries than other workers with comparable education at every level from high school through two years of college. Moreover, students are better able to plan and make mature career choices because their intrinsic needs of competence, integrity, and pride are provided for as integral parts of vocational programs. This type of education is particularly appropriate for the disadvantaged since it is goal oriented, provides self-identity, is action oriented, builds confidence, provides adult role modeling opportunities, and provides tangible forms of success. Vocational programs are oriented toward four goals which benefit alienated disadvantaged youths since they (1) connect school and work over time; (2) provide skill training in occupational areas for which the demand exists; (3) meet individual needs through specifically tailored programs; and (4) develop, conduct, and administer programs in cooperation with other education and community agencies. Currently there is a problem of accessibility to vocational programs for disadvantaged youth since facilities and other resources are scarce when compared to the number of potential users. The intent of the new Youth Initiative is to pull all services together for disadvantaged youth; vocational education can play a central role in this effort. (MEK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Inc., Washington, DC.