ERIC Number: ED374327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening the Links: Education and the Private Sector.
Montana State Council and Vocational Education, Helena.
The Montana Council on Vocational Education conducted a business and industry survey in February 1993 to recommend initiatives and methods the private sector could undertake to assist in the modernization of vocational education programs. A representative sample of the various types and sizes of Montana businesses were selected. Surveys were mailed to the following: chambers of commerce and Job Service Offices (n=17, 41 percent return); vocational-technical administrators, students, and others involved with education in Montana (n=83, 61 percent return); and business, industry, and labor (n=300, 18 percent return). Survey respondents noted that vocational-technical education programs are stereotyped as less desirable paths to careers. In view of this respondents thought that this image should be dispelled, because vocational-technical education can actually lead to rewarding careers. Respondents agreed that those employers who use vocational-technical programs to find employees are well satisfied, but that many employers do not consider using this source for new employees. Survey respondents frequently mentioned the need for marketing vocational education programs. All of Montana's postsecondary vocational-technical programs offer job training for businesses, but only 14 percent of businesses use the system for retraining their employees. Employers liked vocational student organizations for their leadership-training roles. Employers were willing to engage in education/business partnerships and to donate equipment. The tech prep initiative recently implemented in the state is valued by business respondents. Recommendations included the following: increasing communication about the vocational education program, providing real-world work experience for vocational students, changing the curriculum to meet current needs, and marketing vocational-technical education. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Council and Vocational Education, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana