Recruiting students for the Oklahoma Northwest Area Vocational-Technical School (ONAVTS) is extremely challenging, primarily because the district covers 3,000 square miles of sparsely populated farm and ranch land with a feeder population of only 256 juniors and seniors available annually. To compete with a newly required high school graduation exit test and stiffer course requirements for high school graduation and college entrance, administrators at the ONAVTS stress how their vocational programs can contribute not only to the students' academic background through basic skill enhancement, but also to their career development and future occupational plans. The recruitment process includes the following: (1) every eighth-grade student in the feeder schools participates in a career exploration activity conducted by a vocational-technical counselor and involving an interest inventory with results shared with students and parents; (2) sophomores take the COPSystem (Career Occupational Preference System) Assessment (an ability test, interest inventory, and a work values inventory); (3) sophomores tour the ONAVTS campus, where they are helped to interpret that assessment and participate in learning activities using the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and the Oklahoma Career Search database; (4) sophomores visit one or more programs of their choice; (5) an American College Test class is held for juniors and seniors; (6) ONAVTS participates in a county Career Night; and (7) a financial aid seminar is held to help parents fill out forms. (CML)
Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Vocational Association (St. Louis, MO, December 4-8, 1992).
Career Occupational Preference System; Oklahoma Northwest Area Vocational Technical Sch