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A study of off-farm agricultural work experience programs in Oregon high schools Public Deposited

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  • Funds alloted from the Vocational Education Act of 1963, Public Law 88-210, opened up an entirely new dimension in vocational agriculture programs throughout the nation. The new dimension is an amendment to the period beginning with the Smith-Hughes Act in 1917. Up to the time of the Vocational Education Act of 1963, funds for coordination and supervision of agriculture employment were usually restricted to supervised farming programs. Section 10 of the Vocational Education Act of 1963 implies that any monies alloted or apportioned under the act for agriculture may be used in an occupation involving the knowledge and skills in agriculture subjects. The purpose of this study was to examine high school vocational agriculture departments in Oregon having off-farm work experience programs. The main areas of concern in this study were the number of departments and students, instructional programs, student placement and selection, training agreements and their inter-relationships contributing to the success of these programs. A review of related literature indicated that the recognition of the need for training in off-farm agricultural occupations, as expressed in the Vocational Education Act of 1963, has resulted in the extension of supervised farming projects to include the placement of students in agricultural businesses and industries. As the number of programs in the high school designed to offer training in off-farm agricultural occupations increases, the problems associated with providing adequate occupational experience is also likely to increase. The related literature also revealed that many authors were concerned about the same areas as this study covers. The study revealed that a majority of the secondary schools with vocational agriculture programs were participating in off-farm work experience programs. Those schools responding had a total of 245 students cooperating in their work experience programs and that the students were successfully working in many varied jobs related to agriculture. The questionnaire, substantiated by the personal interviews revealed intense enthusiasm by the schools now having programs, and their desire to improve the one they now have in operation. The survey also indicated that a continuous effort must be made to revise and expand on present programs and develop new ones in order to meet the growing needs of agricultural business and industry.
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