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March 26, 2000
"Vocational Students Upbeat on Jobs" [March 8] paints a bright picture for those seeking construction jobs but misses the point about the lack of vocational training. The reality is that two-thirds of the "shop" programs have closed in the last two decades. Considering that 87% of high school students do not go on and graduate from college within six years, now is the time to focus on the kind of hands-on education that prepares students for high wage jobs in construction and other industries.
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OPINION
December 6, 2013
Re "College isn't for everyone," Opinion, Dec. 3 Tamar Jacoby isn't the first to recognize the importance of skills acquired outside college. John Gardner, President Lyndon B. Johnson's secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said it best: "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy; neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1991
Older students seeking vocational training or retraining in the 1992-93 and 1993-94 school years can apply for $1,000 grants to enroll in technical courses at Saddleback College. Although high school seniors are eligible, applicants pursuing programs that do not lead to bachelor's degrees are preferred for the grants. Students planning to transfer to four-year colleges or universities should not apply.
OPINION
April 7, 2006
Re "Struggling Students Want Vocational Education, Poll Shows," April 6 As an exceptional-needs specialist for more than 20 years, I teach children with behavior and learning disabilities. My students are bright, motivated and eager to learn, but due to the passage of No Child Left Behind, they are being left behind as never before. Expecting my students to master grade-level standards is unfair, unrealistic and cruel punishment. My experience has taught me that a four-year university experience is not appropriate for every student.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1996
Re "Tax Incentives Key to Welfare Reform, State Panel Says," Dec. 3: Small businesses will certainly need incentive to reach out to former welfare recipients in need of work. Tax credits are a great start. But moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency will take more than employers willing and able to hire them. Some long-term welfare recipients have nominal work experience. They need vocational training to prepare them for the demands of work. At the Los Angeles Mission, we have learned that vocational training, when combined with rehabilitation, is what many poor and homeless people need and want most.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2000
Re "Sheriff Launches Skills Program for Inmates," Nov. 22: Kudos to Sheriff Lee Baca for launching a program for in-custody classes and vocational training at Twin Towers correctional facility. However, this approach is not unique as the article suggests. Let's not forget the philanthropic efforts of Sybil Brand, the woman who first initiated and financed programs for women inmates at Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles, at what was the largest facility of its kind in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
The Assn. for Retarded Citizens has leased a 9,000-square-foot building in Camarillo to provide educational and vocational training for developmentally disabled adults. The five-year lease on the building at 1183-85 Calle Suerte went for $292,320. The building is owned by Suerte Associates in Camarillo. Daum Commercial Real Estate Services represented the association in the transaction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1997 | KEN WILLIAMS, Ken Williams is a member of the board of the Orange County Department of Education
Conservatives' doubts and deep concerns about President Clinton's School-to-Work Opportunities Act and Goals 2000 legislation (Times Orange County Edition, Feb. 18) have been at best superficially covered and the public has unmistakably been misinformed. The issue has also been erroneously framed that conservatives are against vocational training and/or career guidance training. This is furthest from the truth.
OPINION
December 6, 2013
Re "College isn't for everyone," Opinion, Dec. 3 Tamar Jacoby isn't the first to recognize the importance of skills acquired outside college. John Gardner, President Lyndon B. Johnson's secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said it best: "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy; neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1996
Re: "Tracking by Interests Could Be Right Answer for Some Students," Feb. 11. Vocational training is the only sane, sensible answer for students who cannot maintain or are not interested in an academic program. When I went to school in Miami, those students, male or female, who were unable to function in school were sent to "Tech Hi" (Technical High School), where they were taught a trade selected by their aptitude. These students graduated with a feeling of self-worth and were ready to join the work force and become responsible citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The last of Robert McCarroll's students hustled in a few minutes before 10 a.m. to avoid being late. Valvoline motor oil flags hung from the classroom ceiling and protective eyeglasses dangled around the teenagers' necks. Everyone was wearing a grease-stained jumpsuit. "All right, let's go to work," McCarroll said after checking off the attendance list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't too long ago that Alfredo Pacheco was hunting for work, applying at one place after another but coming up empty each time. Then the Oxnard laborer found a way to turn his fortunes around. Thanks to a summer training program, sponsored in part by the Destino 2000 endowment, the 21-year-old learned enough about construction to land a good-paying job that allowed him to help support his family and start carving a career path.
OPINION
April 7, 2002
Re "Pupils Shunted to Vocational Ed Fear It Can Derail College Dreams," March 27: Where is it etched in stone that students must go to college? Do you want us to help some students compete in the work force or pressure all of them to go to college? Students in the cosmetology field can make up to $30 an hour, according to American Salon magazine's Green Book 2000. American Salon also indicated that the cosmetology field is one of the top entrepreneurial fields in the world. I am a product of the Regional Occupational Program cosmetology classes.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2001 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office Thursday served search warrants on a local job training agency that holds millions of dollars in city and county contracts. The searches came as part of an ongoing investigation of Hollywood-based United Community Resources Agency, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. She declined to elaborate.
NEWS
September 27, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Second-degree murder charges were dismissed against a 9-year-old Charlotte boy after authorities concluded he was incompetent to stand trial in the strangling of his 5-year-old brother two years ago. A forensic psychologist found the boy did not understand the seriousness of the charges against him and was unable to assist his attorney in his defense, the boy's court-appointed attorney said. The body of 5-year-old Joseph Lewis was found in an apartment building swimming pool on July 6, 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wearing flip-flops and shorts, low-income families who live at the Evergreen Royale Motel slipped out of their cramped rooms on a recent weekday and hopped on a state-of-the-art trailer. They aren't leaving town. They are poised to learn basic computer skills. Just in front of Room 715, behind the dull beige stucco buildings and beyond the unkempt lawn of the Anaheim motel, the Orange County Rescue Mission's computer-equipped trailer hums.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1990
The detailed survey of employment opportunities in the "Southern California Job Market" supplement, March 6, will aid both those seeking a change in career objective and the forthcoming June graduates. As a vocational instructor in the public school system, I was particularly interested in "Learning a Trade Without College." While there are acceptable for-profit schools, the cost is prohibitive for most of the working class. The electronic course that I teach--at no cost to the students--is usually priced at $2,000 to $4,000 at private trade schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wearing flip-flops and shorts, low-income families who live at the Evergreen Royale Motel slipped out of their cramped rooms on a recent weekday and hopped on a state-of-the-art trailer. They aren't leaving town. They are poised to learn basic computer skills. Just in front of Room 715, behind the dull beige stucco buildings and beyond the unkempt lawn of the Anaheim motel, the Orange County Rescue Mission's computer-equipped trailer hums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2000
Re "Sheriff Launches Skills Program for Inmates," Nov. 22: Kudos to Sheriff Lee Baca for launching a program for in-custody classes and vocational training at Twin Towers correctional facility. However, this approach is not unique as the article suggests. Let's not forget the philanthropic efforts of Sybil Brand, the woman who first initiated and financed programs for women inmates at Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles, at what was the largest facility of its kind in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, along with other county and community agencies, launched an ambitious effort Tuesday aimed at easing inmates' transition from jail to life on the outside. The program will provide in-custody classes and vocational skills training for thousands of inmates, followed by referrals to outside agencies upon their release.
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