New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
PagetVocational Education Creates
Vocational education has proven its value to students and to the labor market. It's tested when employers hire students who possess entry level skills and a good work attitude. It's tested when graduates find their training meaningful in their professional and personal lives.
Talking to students who have graduated from vocational programs at New Braunfels High School establishes, for everyone, that vocational education is a viable concept.
Vocational graduates have an un derstanding of educational choices. College, technical school, and ap prenticeship programs are possible avenues to occupational goals. Many local graduates have stayed with their co op employers and become productive, fulltime workers.
Norval Skov, Vocational Counselor, answers questions about vocational training.
Helping students make the transition between school and work is a highly trained individual, Norval Skov, the school vocational counselor. Surrounded by shelves of references on tech schools, colleges, and special occupational programs, he is well prepared to counsel students. Vocational aptitude testing is
very important that we help students get their goals set."
Vocational education offers op portunities to everyone. The New Braunfels ISD has several adult education classes that are designed to help adults acquire skill training. The LVN program, directed by Ann Daniels, has established
here I am. I'm majoring in business marketing at Texas A&M."
Jemme grins and brushes the ABM letter on her sweater. "My job at the drug store taught me a lot more than I realized. Marketing theory makes more sense to me because I've actually seen what we're studying. I'm going to concentrate on learning to market computer software and hardware, and I'll need all the experience I ve ever had with people."
Jemme's hands wave enthusiastically as she describes the head start her vocational program gave her. "You realize, after a while, that just going to college wouldn't be all that great if you couldn't relate what you're learning to your work". Like many vocational students, Jemme used her vocational experience to guide her in selecting a college course of study that she wants. Nationally, vocational students are as likely as other students to select four year college programs for post secondary study.
Other vocational graduates choose to enter the job market after high school, and their co op and lab training gives them a running start in the job market.
Daniel Perez, a 1978 graduate of NBHS, was one of the first male teacher aides hired in his co op training program. Daniel has continued working at Seele Elementary School and finds his job personally rewarding.
"I like all these kids. They are always ready to have fun, and can help you keep life very positive." Daniel flashes a warm smile and looks over the group of fourth graders who are lining up for recreation.
"You know, I can look forward to each day on my job. I guess I feel a little guilty, because I like my work so much. I told my high school co op teacher that I'll stay here until I find something I like better, but you can see that I'm still here four years after graduation.” Daniel exchanges hugs with a young admirer, and then starts the students in their calisthenics. It's evident that there exists mutual appreciation between the young man and his students.
only one of a host of services that he provides.
He takes his role in vocational counseling very seriously. "You've got to stay on your toes in learning about programs today. It's not as simple as pointing every one toward a single college, or even a single type of program. What we try to do here is to look at each student, and their needs, and show them the choices that they have. You have to consider the military services, apprenticeship pro grams, and entry level job opportunities.” Skov shifts a stack of college manuals on his deak and glances over shelves of material.
"The old attitude that everyone who is capable has to select four to six years of college simply doesn't hold anymore. We're finding that you've got to know the job market and where the demand will be two to four years from now. I think it's
Jemme Tracy, Uke many vocational students, has selected college for postsecondary training.
Jemme Tracy is diminutive, and, well, buoyant. Her brown eyes snap when she talks, giving her words extra emphasis. "When I sat in my high school M.D.E. classroom, I didn't know about things like supply and demand. But as I learned more about it, I thought, Hey, that's for me. And
Daniel Perez, a 1978 graduate of New Braunfels High School, has remained with his co op employer.HEB
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