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ERIC Number: ED476834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 10
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A Discussion Paper on Vocational Technical Education in the United States of America.
McQuay, Paul
This report was prepared as part of a project submission for the European Union, spring 2001. The document begins with a brief review of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act and the policies and organizations established to govern federal support of vocational-technical education (VTE) programs in the United States. The author underscores the significance of VTE by highlighting the fact that in 1996, only 20% of America's jobs required a four-year degree but many jobs required some education beyond high school, often at the community college level. Despite its growing significance, the content and format of vocational-technical education are changing however, given the rapid pace of technological developments, an increase in business partnerships, and the move to establish higher academic standards. The report also provides an overview of the two major categories of VTE in the United States: secondary and postsecondary education. Within the postsecondary level, the author identifies the public community college as the primary provider of VTE and outlines the mixture of federal, state, and student funds used to support this educational sector. The report closes with a list of organizations involved with the development and implementation of vocational-technical education. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990