Equity or Excellence in Vocational Education

Published by EducationNews.org — Open enrollment or selective admissions; equity or excellence? I first visited William M. Davies Career & Technical Center almost 20 years ago, for a story about workforce development.  But the real story, back then — revealed only off-the-record — was that the school leaders were freaking out over the state’s mandate that theContinue reading “Equity or Excellence in Vocational Education”

Overcoming the Tyranny of the High School Schedule

Published by EducationNews.org  Students are milling around the small fleet of vehicles in the parking lot of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School (BVTS). Lacking professional uniforms, they clearly weren’t the dental assistants expected to go out to speak to middle-schoolers about oral hygiene.  If they were construction students they’d have tool belts.  The Heating and AirContinue reading “Overcoming the Tyranny of the High School Schedule”

Vocational Ed Connects Kids to Real, Paying Futures

Published by EducationNews.org — Davies Career and Technical School successfully gets kids into the workforce. Michaela and Brittney had no clue what they wanted to do as adult workers.  But then few 8th graders do. They did know that if they went to RI’s only stand-alone vocational school, William M. Davies Career & Technical Center, theyContinue reading “Vocational Ed Connects Kids to Real, Paying Futures”

When a School Makes Itself Useful To Business

Published by EducationNews.org — Manufacturing supports an estimated 17 million jobs in the U.S.—about one in six private sector jobs.  The sector badly needs more trained workers. Eighteen years ago, on his first day as the new Superintendent of Blackstone Regional Vocational Technical School (BRVTS) Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick found an envelope on his desk, left byContinue reading “When a School Makes Itself Useful To Business”