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ERIC Number: ED315571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Pages: 9
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Vocational-Technical Education at the Crossroads.
Brand, Betsy
In a nation where only about half of high school students go on to 4-year postsecondary institutions, vocational-technical education plays a critical role in preparing thousands of people for their first work experience and in retraining thousands more to take full advantage of new job opportunities. As part of the educational reform movement of the 1980s, vocational-technical education is making significant inroads into restructuring the education delivery system. The second phase of reform has now begun. Of the seven priorities identified at President Bush's "education summit" in September 1989, those for assuring functional literacy and ensuring a level of training necessary to guarantee a competitive work force have particular significance for vocational-technical education. Over the next few years, vocational-technical education should be: (1) firmly established as an essential ingredient of the nation's human resource development policy through the replication of successful techniques and practices already developed; (2) recognized for the contributions that it has already made to the education reform movement; and (3) benefiting from its role as a full partner in expanding economic opportunity. To establish that role, the U.S. Office of Vocational and Adult Education must do at least four things. It must: (1) make sure vocational education gets recognized for its contributions; (2) continue to recognize that vocational-technical education has extensive interrelationships with other service providers; (3) help business and industry recognize the value of vocational-technical education in meeting its needs for skilled workers and at the same time continue to help define requirements of a world-class work force; and (4) it must be extremely responsive to the needs of the states where vocational-technical education is administered. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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