ERIC Number: ED316723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Vocational Education in Massachusetts and the Future of Young Minority Citizens.
Jennings, James; Moore, William Joseph
A project was developed to identify issues affecting the relationships between minority communities and vocational schools in Massachusetts. Meetings with members of the project's advisory committee and three 1-day conferences involving more than 300 persons and organizations were organized. Five major categories of issues were identified: access, information, networking, accountability and quality, and pedagogy. General recommendations and five specific action strategies were identified. The action strategies included surveying Black elected officials in Boston, planning and implementing a regional conference of minority vocational education personnel, developing a "mobile" career training workshop for executives and personnel working with clients in community-based organizations in Black and Latino communities, offering a workshop to inform Boston public school counselors of opportunities for minorities in vocational education programs, and developing a proposal for a television program focusing on the minority experience in vocational education. The project staff reported that if some of the strategies and recommendations are adopted and implemented effectively, there may be a significant increase in the acknowledgment of the importance of vocational education in Black and Latino communities, as well as an increase in the number of minority youth expressing some interest in vocational education, leading to a closer look by minority educators and civic leaders at the quality of education being offered in vocational education schools and programs. It was pointed out that the union community wants to cooperate with minority leaders and parents in regard to vocational education. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts