ERIC Number: ED342929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-24
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Training for the Workforce.
The United States has no coherent postsecondary vocational education delivery system. A basic definition of postsecondary vocational programs includes those programs which: are limited to high school graduates or post-high school age individuals; are classroom based; are vocational; lead to a recognized certificate or degree; and are provided by an accredited school. Despite a lack of data on student enrollments, 3.8 million full-time-equivalent students in postsecondary vocational education can be identified in private career schools, community colleges, private two-year colleges, Job Corps, public vocational-technical schools, and Job Training Partnership Act programs. The vocational students equal roughly half the total number of traditional higher education students, yet the $18 billion in expenditures for postsecondary vocational education is only 13.4 percent of the total spent on higher education. States are the major source of funding, with the federal government a close second. Student aid is the major form of federal support. The number of less than baccalaureate certificates and degrees granted annually exceeds the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded. (Six tables are provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Educational Certificates, Educational Finance, Enrollment, Federal Aid, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Information Needs, Postsecondary Education, State Aid, Student Financial Aid, Vocational Education
Career Training Foundation, P.O. Box 75078, Washington, DC 20013-6800.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Skills 2000 National Forum (Washington, DC, June 24, 1991).