ERIC Number: ED329725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Implementation of Career/Vocational Assessment Centers in the Public Schools of Arlington, Virginia. Final Report.
Blocker, Richard D.
This project, conducted under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act, Public Law 98-524, developed an inservice training model for secondary guidance staff on implementing vocational assessment techniques into a total guidance and counseling framework. The objective was to design a program for vocationally assessing high school students who were identified as being at risk of dropping out of school or who showed significant areas of underachievement. All guidance counselors from the three comprehensive high schools in the public schools of Arlington, Virginia, attended inservice programs that introduced the vocational assessment process, and attempted to streamline the methodology for student referral and follow-up. The project coordinator also sought the counselors' input in respect to the development of a referral form and an information letter for parents. After vocational evaluators were hired, a second inservice meeting was scheduled at which specific referral procedures were established, and schedules of school assignments were developed. The specific assessment process was outlined, and an assessment plan was presented. After the program was implemented, 93 students completed the assessment program. The project staff developed transitional plans for all students who had been referred. (Appendixes include sample referral form, letter to parents, career assessment reports, and evaluation form.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Education, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Counselor Training, Dropout Prevention, High Risk Students, High Schools, Inservice Education, Models, Potential Dropouts, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Counselors, Student Evaluation, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Education, Vocational Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Arlington County Public Schools, VA.