ERIC Number: ED352810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Vocational Education: A Model Project of Catholic Charities of Richmond, Inc., Chesterfield County Public Schools, and Henrico County Public Schools. Dropout Prevention and Retrieval through Vocational Education.
Catholic Charities of Richmond, Inc., VA.; Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
A 2-year bilingual vocational education program in the Richmond (Virginia) area for language-minority secondary school students is profiled. The students are generally limited-English-speaking refugees, and the program is designed to prepare them for educational mainstreaming or transition to jobs. Incoming students (61 in 1990-91) are assessed for English and math skills and for vocational interests and abilities. They attend separate English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), job readiness, and independent living classes for half the day and mainstream vocational classes for the remainder of the day. Bilingual teacher aides are an integral program element, used for translation, counseling, and mediation. The program has reduced substantially the dropout rate among the target population. The profile offered here describes the community in which the program is situated, the particular needs that shaped the approach, key management and design elements of the dropout prevention program, and plans for the future. Effective features of the program are discussed. The objective of the report is to provide other school systems, organizations, and agencies with information for adapting this or developing a similar approach. Sample forms (initial interview, student information sheet, and exit interview) and a brief bibliography are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Catholic Charities of Richmond, Inc., VA.; Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.