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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Administrative branch,   pp. [371]-[548] PDF (54.0 MB)

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540                  WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
$1,159,151 were paid to local schools by the state board for ap-
proved programs in 1961.
   Vocational Schools. In the early days of the schools there was
 much emphasis on providing part-time vocational education for
 those young people of high school age who had to leave school to
 earn a living; on the classroom  work related to trades being
 learned by apprentices; and on adult evening school work in a
 great variety of fields as needed. Today, the system undertakes
 to provide quality education in its traditional areas of responsi-
 bility, as well as in additional areas. These changes of emphasis
 reflect changes in the social and economic climate of the state
 since 1911. In the 1960-61 school year, there were 41 schools
 offering both day and evening programs and 21 with evening pro-
 grams only. The 1960-61 enrollments totaled 188,111, of whom
 only 7,959 were high school age youth. Of the others, 24,635
 were taking courses in business and distributive education; 27,803
 in general adult education; 22,349 in homemaking; 40,479 in trade
 and industrial education; 1,281 in rural and homebound programs;
 and 63,607 in locally planned courses. In addition, through de-
 partments of vocational agriculture in 282 high schools, the state
 board supervises the programs and work of 22,540 agricultural
 students and adult farmers; and through 146 vocational home-
 making departments in high schools, supervised programs for
 12,018 students in this field.
   Local school programs can be broken down broadly into 6 cate-
gories. These are training for the youth of compulsory age; re-
lated training for apprentices; general adult training in evening
schools; general adult training and preparatory work in day
schools; one junior college program (Milwaukee); and full-time,
post-high school, technical programs.
   Post-High School Programs. The full-time post-high school
technical programs are the newest responsibility of the schools.
They have been established to serve those who do not wish to go
into collegiate education, but are desirous of learning the speci-
alized skills needed for employment in accounting, secretarial
work, automotive technology, mechanical design technology, chem-
ical and metallurgical technology, commercial art, electricity and
electronics, printing, medical assistantship, telecasting, and other
fields. Graduates of programs approved by the state board in
these full-time 2-year courses, may be granted the Associate's de-
gree, the degree traditionally granted for such work past the high
school level. These terminal technical courses are increasing in
the state, as rapidly as the need arises and the schools can develop
the programs on a quality basis, and without weakening the tra-
ditional programs.
  Firemanship. A specialized program, which well illustrates the
state board and the schools' work with those already employed is

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