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ERIC Number: EJ984779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Not Your Grandparents' Vocational School
Schachter, Ron
District Administration, v48 n9 p66-68, 70, 72 Oct 2012
Manufacturing biodiesel fuel, building a geodesic-domed greenhouse, measuring the environmental impact of abandoned industrial canals--these might well fit the mission of cutting-edge companies specializing in green technologies, or they could be part of the curriculum at an institution of advanced science and engineering such as MIT or Cal Tech. Instead, all of these projects belong to the everyday learning regime for students at some career technical education (CTE) public high schools. Formerly called vocational-technical schools, these institutions have long been known for turning out auto mechanics, carpenters and cosmetologists, as well as graduates in dozens of other trades. The recent "greening" of such schools--in equipping their students for careers in areas such as renewable energy, recycling, environmental engineering, and sustainable agriculture, and in bringing environmentally friendly practices even to more traditional trades--is changing the face and the outcomes of vocational training. Programs such as Environmental Technology at Worcester Tech in Massachusetts, the Green Energy Academy at Bloomfield Tech in New Jersey, and "Greengineering" in the Newton (Massachusetts) Public Schools not only are breaking new ground; they also are sending a large majority of their graduates to two-year and four-year colleges. In addition, these initiatives are proving fertile ground for a STEM curriculum that other high schools are only beginning to implement. While many of these programs--as well as programs in more traditional trades--are offered by regional CTE schools and in some cases include students from more than a dozen surrounding high schools, others are offered by individual districts. All have their own superintendents, principals, and program coordinators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey