ERIC Number: ED331974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Improve Student Retention through Assessment and Identification of Vocational Aptitudes and Abilities. Final Report.
Crowley's Ridge Vocational Technical School, Forrest City, AR.
A project developed and implemented a model retention program to attempt to reduce by 20 percent the dropout rate at Crowley's Ridge Vocational Technical School (Arkansas). The major emphasis was on placing students in a vocational program that would maximize their chances for success. During the program: (1) all students were included in all phases of the project; (2) vocational counseling was provided to all students; (3) innovative vocational software programs were installed to assist administrators, counselors, assessment specialists, and vocational instructors in the strategies necessary for vocational career planning and student retention; (4) each student was provided with an individualized training plan based on entry-level requirements (developed from Department of Labor Standards); and (5) the assessment information was used to place students in appropriate training areas. The retention strategies implemented in this project resulted in significantly lower dropout rates, a high completion rate for students in vocational classes, and more specific and directed job placement activities after graduation. (The appendix includes a form letter and questionnaire sent to program dropouts to determine their reasons for noncompletion and a form used to assign students to programs.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Dropout Prevention, Education Work Relationship, Guidance Programs, Individualized Programs, Post High School Guidance, Postsecondary Education, School Holding Power, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Technical Education, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Crowley's Ridge Vocational Technical School, Forrest City, AR.