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Toppin, Ian – International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 2018
The context of this study was to examine factors contributing to significant workforce shortages in building trades in the United States. As it is, recruitment of qualified skilled trades workers is becoming increasingly difficult due to lack of a pipeline of prospective workers, and training programs. The study assumed a theoretical inquiry…
Descriptors: Building Trades, Labor Force Development, Vocational Education, Construction Industry
Toppin, Ian N. – Online Submission, 2017
A significant workforce shortage exists in most skilled trades areas in the U.S., but this is especially true in building and construction trades. The number of jobs in the construction industry is expected to grow by almost 20% between 2008 to 2018, while only growing by 11% for all other industries. With the prospect of significant shortages in…
Descriptors: Construction Industry, Building Trades, Supply and Demand, Labor Market
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Dooley, T. Price; Schreckhise, William D. – Youth & Society, 2016
This study evaluates the Youth Development Program (YDP), a component of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). We examine whether the YDP reduced dropout rates among youth in secondary schools in seven school districts in the impoverished Mississippi River Delta in southeast Arkansas. Initially, the program seems to have an impact. Students…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Dropouts, Dropout Rate, Comparative Analysis
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Rodriguez, Eric; Rhodes, Kent; Aguirre, Geoffrey – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2015
Several factors contribute to a disproportionately lower Latino participation in college education. Foremost among those factors are policies that encourage quick job placement over career development, lack of understanding of the benefits of a college degree, lower expectations for Latino students, poor financial planning, and lack of guidance. A…
Descriptors: Intervention, High School Students, Hispanic American Students, College Preparation
Heisley, Deborah D.; Moore, Richard W.; Patch, Robin N. – Online Submission, 2012
As part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Los Angeles OneSource Centers offer low-income youth ages 14-21 services aimed at improving educational achievement, enhancing job skills, and preparing for college. The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the youths' satisfaction with services received at 14 OneSource Centers throughout…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Opportunities, Low Income Groups, Participant Satisfaction
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Saddler, Sterling; Tyler, Tiffany G.; Maldonado, Cecilia; Cleveland, Roger; Thompson, Lisa K. – Reclaiming Children and Youth, 2011
There is a critical need to identify solutions to the unemployment of high school dropouts. When a student prematurely leaves school, the economic, social, and political impacts result in negative consequences for the individual and the community. Of the nearly 2.2 million students who drop out of high school every year in the United States,…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Vocational Education, High Schools, Vocational Rehabilitation
Brand, Betsy – American Youth Policy Forum, 2009
High school career academies are a time-tested model for improving academic outcomes and preparing students for both college and careers. Career academies (1) are smaller learning communities taught by a team of interdisciplinary teachers, (2) provide a rigorous academic curriculum based on a career theme that demonstrates how knowledge is used…
Descriptors: High Schools, National Standards, College Attendance, Career Academies
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1), 2008
There is a strong and growing argument for higher educational attainment in the United States. The jobs that are expected to support the economy in the coming years will depend on a skilled workforce that is able to learn and adapt quickly to new challenges. However, demographic patterns demonstrate that relying on the traditional K-16 pipeline to…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Distance Education, State Action, Educational Attainment
Harris, Linda; Tsoi-A-Fatt, Rhonda – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2007
This paper presents Center for Law and Social Policy's (CLASP's) recommendations on how No Child Left Behind (NCLB) could better address the workforce challenges faced by this country. CLASP is a nonprofit organization engaged in research, analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on a range of issues affecting low-income families. The…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Educational Change, Education Work Relationship, High Schools
Tsoi-A-Fatt, Rhonda; Harris, Linda; Thakur, Mala; Larsen, Jonathan – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2007
Every day, an estimated 2,500 students across the nation drop out of high school. In the last decade, approximately 30 percent of students who enrolled in high school have failed to graduate four years later. The situation is even more dismal for youth of color. In 2003, only 55 percent of African Americans and 53 percent of Hispanics graduated…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Educational Change, High Schools, Federal Legislation
Institute for Educational Leadership (NJ1), 2003
This Manual should serve as a primary resource for site operators. It is organized so that all sites, no matter where they are in their development, will be able to find the information and resources they need to grow their initiative. In addition to offering suggestions on how to organize and conduct activities, this Manual provides research and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Disabilities, Technology Education, Vocational Education