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The American Electronics Association estimates that by 1987 the number of technical workers will have to increase by about 64 percent to meet the labor needs of the electronics industry.

More than 224,603 new jobs will be created in firms of all sizes for graduates of vocational schools and community colleges, according to a survey by the group. The projections also indicate the industry's need for more workers with bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.

Although software engineers, electronics-engineering technologists, computer analysts, and programmers are expected to be in short supply, according to the report, "Technical Employment Projections," one of the largest growth areas will be for "assembly" personnel, whose duties could include testing and inspecting electronics components.

The association's projections are based on a nationwide survey of 815 electronics firms; the sample represents about 30 percent of all firms in the industry.

For more information, contact the American Electronics Association, Engineering Education, 2680 Hanover St., Palo Alto, Calif. 94304; (415) 857-9300.


Having received a favorable reaction to a previous electronic newsletter, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education has added two new "on-line" newsletters through the New York-based Bibliographic Retrieval Services Inc.

The "Vocational Education Newsletter" is now available to educators with access to a microcomputer or a computer terminal. The information network offers a variety of "menu" items, including curriculum briefings and information on exemplary products evaluated by the staff of the center's dissemination and utilization program.

The ncrve is scheduled to add "New Venture Newswire" to its information services this month. The newswire will list activities and developments in entrepreneurial education at the national center, Oklahoma State University, and at the U.S. Education Department's office of vocational and adult education.

For more information, contact the ncrve's Program Information Office at Ohio State University; (800) 848-4815.


The American Vocational Association is in the process of establishing an information network on exemplary "parenting and child-development programs" nationwide. The organization's effort is being supported by a $94,200 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The ava plans to form a five-member advisory panel to develop criteria for selecting outstanding programs and then to solicit program nominations, according to a spokesman for the organization. Five regional workshops are scheduled for later this year to disseminate information on the project.

For more information, contact the ava, 2020 N. 14th St., Arlington, Va. 22201; (703) 522-6121.--sgf

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