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1 Vocational Education Not Everyone Is Going To Go To College “America may have the worst school-to-work transition system of any advanced industrial country.” (Commission on the Skills Of The American Workforce) 40% of 10 th graders say they expect to get a BA Only 65% of high school grads go to college How Do We Train The Rest?!

2 Three Kinds Of Occupations Routine Production Service (Things) Construction Workers, Groundskeepers, Lab Technicians, Assembly Line Workers In-Person Service (People) Waiters, Secretaries, Retail Sales, Real Estate Agents, Security Guards Symbolic-Analytic (Data) Research Scientists, Accountants, Journalists, Lawyers, Real Estate Developers Simply stated, students are not adequately trained in high school for any of these kinds of jobs.

3 Carpenter s Median Wage: $39, k new jobs Sample Tasks Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required. Shape or cut materials to specified measurements. Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware. Verify trueness of structure, using plumb bob and level. Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings.. Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props. From The Occupational Outlook Handbook: Learning to be a carpenter can start in high school. Classes in English, algebra, geometry, physics, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, and general shop will prepare students for the further training they will need. From The Occupational Outlook Handbook: Learning to be a carpenter can start in high school. Classes in English, algebra, geometry, physics, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, and general shop will prepare students for the further training they will need.

4 Vocational Education Smith-Hughes Act 1917 Vocational education “provides equal opportunity for all to prepare for their lifework.” Employers rarely use information schools generate-grades and test scores-to pick employees. Why not? Hard-To-Assess Information Hard-To-Assess Information: How do interviews/grades tell me what I need to know about student skills? Relevant Information: Is the info we get from schools relevant to our specific work demands? Trusted Information: How can I trust teachers who, really, are trying to help the student, not my business?

5 High School For Creative & Performing Arts Arts Academy At Benjamin Rush Majors in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual arts, vocal performance WB Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences Courses: Agricultural business management, agroecology, aquaculture and aquatic resources, beef and sheep production, dairy and swine production, equine science, Food science, greenhouse management, landscape design and construction, meat science, retail florist business, small animal technology, turfgrass technology, veterinary assistance Dobbins Career and Technical High School Bok High School for Technical Sciences Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School Courses: Barbering, business technology, carpentry, computer assisted design, computer/networking, construction trades, cosmetology, criminal science information, culinary arts and food services, electricity, fashion design, process technology, professional baking, plumbing, web design, welding Philadelphia Vo-Tech Magnets If vocational education provided “equal opportunity for all to prepare for their lifework” in 1917, why do you think we’ve pretty much abandoned it as a norm in schools? Do you think vocational education, even like these schools, is a diversion or a safety net? Would you send your child to a school like these? Bodine High School For Int’l Affairs GW Carver High School For Engineering and Science Kensington School of Business/Finance & Entrepreneurship Northeast High School For Health Professions Parkway West Urban Teacher Academy Philadelphia Communications Technology High School Robeson High School for Human Services Science Leadership Academy


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