Overview & Mission

The Center was founded in 1964 under a grant from the Ford Foundation and was known as the Center for Studies in Vocational-Technical Education. Its initial purpose was to study and develop policy in the area of labor force participation and training. In 1971 the Center was transferred from the College of Letters and Sciences to the School of Education with external funding provided by the Wisconsin Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. Throughout its history the Center has undertaken a variety of research, development and service programs designed to improve vocational-technical education, career development and other work related training programs.