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ERIC Number: ED328678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Vocational Education, a Current Concern.
Partridge, Susan
Vocational education is needed for a strong economy, and the decline in vocational education enrollment is a serious concern. One recommendation is for more specific job training in the United States at the high school level, comparable to the apprenticeship programs in West Germany. Through the years, as certain needs have become apparent, vocational training has undergone changes and additions. In today's high technology age, vocational education needs to be upgraded continually to prepare workers who will use continually changing equipment and technology. In Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), vocational education in the public schools has become a high technology haven that trains students for work in the 21st century. An electronics teacher at Schenly High School offers an intense 4-year program that concludes with an advanced digital electronics course. Another distinctive feature of the Pittsburgh vocational programs is that academics are not neglected. Nationally, a coalition seeking to improve the agricultural curriculum has offered a blueprint for updating and expanding agricultural education that reflects the industry's technological evolution. Upgrading equipment and technology on limited budgets is a costly but not insurmountable problem. Sources of funding include the government, training paid for by trainees themselves, and business. (Fifteen implications and 10 references are listed.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A