ERIC Number: ED308379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Innovation versus Turf: Coordination between Vocational Education and Job Training Partnership Act Programs.
Grubb, W. Norton; And Others
Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs and vocational education programs in seven states (California, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, and Wisconsin) were studied to find out to what degree the programs were cooperating and how much they were duplicating each other's services. The researchers found little evidence of duplication of efforts between the two programs in the seven states they visited. The differences between vocational programs and JTPA--in the populations they serve, the kinds of services they offer, and their approach to vocational preparation, make duplication unlikely. The researchers also found that states comply with the coordination requirements in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act and JTPA. State and local officials said that the 8-percent set-aside funds provided for the in JTPA legislation have stimulated greater coordination by funding joint activities and innovations that could not exist without these funds. At the local level, a variety of innovative approaches were found. Several of the models--particularly the practice of contracting for JTPA services with postsecondary institutions and the efforts to allocate certain functions systematically to specific institutions--suggest efforts to determine a rational division of labor among the various institutions. Suggestions for increasing cooperation include clarifying the intent of the 8-percent funds and increasing concern for outcomes of education in both JTPA and vocational education. (KC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Articulation (Education), Compliance (Legal), Cooperative Programs, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Institutional Cooperation, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Materials Distribution Service, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Western Illinois University, 46 Horrabin Hall, Macomb, IL 61455.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California; Iowa; Kentucky; Michigan; Montana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984; Job Training Partnership Act 1982