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Ten vocational-education programs nationwide were cited for excellence by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett last month.

The Secretary's Awards for Outstanding Vocational Education Programs, now in their fifth year, highlight those secondary, postsecondary, and adult vocational programs that excel in providing preparation for employment. Selection criteria include job-placement rates, the degree of cooperation of local businesses and industry, and the extent of "hands-on" work experience, according to Wilma Bailey, a spokesman for the Education Department.

Each state submitted three programs to its regional office; the 10 regional offices then each chose three programs for consideration by the federal office of vocational and adult education.

The 10 winners, selected with the assistance of a panel of outside consultants, will receive an engraved plaque

The 1985 award winners are:

Region I: The Connecticut Department of Education, in Hartford, for a bilingual vocational-training program.

Region II: The East Brunswick, N.J., Board of Education, for its program in bicycle and wheelchair repair for handicapped youths.

Region III: West Virginia Institute of Technology, in Montgomery, for a printing-technology program.

Region IV: Augusta Area Technical School, in Georgia, for an automotive-mechanics program.

Region V: Hocking Technical College, in Nelsonville, Ohio, for a program in ceramic-engineering technology.

Region VI: San Juan College, in Farmington, N.M., for its office-careers program.

Region VII: Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park, Kan., for its energy-technology program.

Region VIII: Granite School District in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a house-construction program.

Region IX: Waimea High School, in Waimea on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, for a program on use of the personal computer in vocational agriculture.

Region X: Anchorage Community College, in Alaska, for its aviation-maintenance-technology program.--sh

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