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Career Education in the Digital Age

By Susan McLester, October 15, 2007
From Technology & Learning

What vocational education has to teach mainstream programs about 21st century learning.

Traditionally, the industrial arts wing of a typical American high school contrasted sharply with the rest of the school. Instead of silent hallways with classrooms of students sitting quietly at desks, industrial arts rooms bustled with noise and activity. Buzzing saws, blowtorches on metal, and the revving of car engines announced that "real world" work was in progress inside the machine-equipped walls of the woodworking, welding, and auto shops. Unlike their university-track counterparts, students in the vocational education program were preparing to go straight from graduation into the workforce. And this meant being serious about acquiring the job skills needed to immediately start earning a living.

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