ERIC Number: ED318861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Competencies. A Study of the Vocational-Technical Education Needs of the Agribusiness and Chemistry-Based Technology Industries.
National Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.
This document is the product of working groups of representatives from industry, business, associations, labor, and education who studied the types and levels of occupational competencies necessary for entry and sustained productive employment in the chemistry-based technology industry and in agribusiness. Representatives of both industries suggested these actions: (1) teach elementary school students to be competent in the basic skills of reading, writing, math, and science and encourage high school students to become proficient in oral and written communications, math, and science; (2) recruit young people into these occupational fields and increase public awareness of them; (3) enhance the image of vocational-technical education; (4) keep vocational-technical instructors current with the industry; (5) develop cooperative education programs; (6) write sequential curriculum for secondary and postsecondary education vocational programs; (7) develop models for competency-based education that includes academic as well as vocational skills; (8) provide exemplary vocational-technical education facilities; (9) employers and educators cooperatively develop a list of occupational competencies and design methods of certification; (10) develop affordable and accessible continuing education materials; (11) survey employers to gather information on job markets, human capital demands, and educational needs for the next 10 years; and (12) follow through on student placement and job performance. The document's section on agribusiness includes information on a definition and description of the field, educational requirements, employment opportunities, personal and job skills, equipment and materials, publications, and a summary of key issues to address. Information on similar topics are provided in the section on chemistry-based technology. The names and addresses of agribusiness and chemistry-based technology working group members and the National Council on Vocational Education are also provided. (CML)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Agribusiness, Chemical Industry, Chemical Technicians, Competence, Competency Based Education, Continuing Education, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Capital, Integrated Curriculum, Job Performance, Job Placement, Labor Force Development, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education, Work Ethic
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.