ERIC Number: EJ765434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A New School Keeping the Promise of Career and Technical Education
Gibbs, Hope J.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v82 n3 p42-44, 46 Mar 2007
When Worcester Massachusetts opened the Worcester Trade School--one of the first vocational high schools in the country--in the early 1900s, it marked an important change in public education. The old Worcester Trade School opened with 50 students, and became overcrowded in just five years. Local industrialists, knowing the value of such training, poured thousands into the building of two more schools, which were eventually merged into the Worcester Public School System as the Worcester Vocational High School. In 1997, the physical condition of the school prompted a vote to build a new career and technical school with the support of educators, industry leaders, elected officials, and the community at large. This article describes how the Worcester Vocational High School was renovated to become a new state-of-the-art facility. This article also describes how Worcester was restructured to create four academies. These academies include: (1) Allied Health and Human Services; (2) Alden Design and Engineering Technology; (3) Coghlin Construction Technologies, and (4) Cisco/Dell Information Technology and Business Management Services.
Descriptors: Vocational High Schools, Technical Education, Public Education, Information Technology, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Development, Organizational Change, Partnerships in Education, School Organization
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts