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NET Gain No. 18:
Vocational Curriculum Centers
(April 1998)

State and regional centers for vocational curriculum have made their way onto the World Wide Web. In some cases, the centers' catalogs are searchable online. In other cases, a paper catalog is still the most complete source of information. Still, most Web sites offer browsable lists of titles or catalogs in Adobe Acrobat format. Nearly all the following sites offer useful links to other curriculum resources on the Web.

Illinois State Curriculum Center  800-252-4822 -- This center houses one of the largest collections of catalogued items in applied technology, applied academics, and teacher/trainer development. This includes textbooks, curriculum guides, audio-visual materials, task lists, brochures, newsletters and periodicals. The catalog is searchable online by author, title or subject. This is an excellent place to find out what curriculum materials exist for any given vocational topic.

Virginia Vocational Curriculum and Resource Center  804-261-5075 -- Like the Illinois Center, VVCRC's catalog is also searchable on the Web. Users can search by author, title, subject or keyword. Clicking on any one of these elements within the display record conducts a search for additional related items. Links to task lists developed by the Virginia Department of Education for eight curriculum areas are also valuable resources.

Multistate Academic and Vocational Curriculum Consortium  800-654-3988 -- MAVCC was formerly the Mid-America Vocational Curriculum Consortium when it served only 10 states. Now it has national scope, and member states receive discounts on the purchase of materials. Its catalog is available online in Adobe Acrobat format, but each section is quite large and takes several minutes to download. The site also includes downloadable task lists (also in Acrobat format) and an exellent page of Web links organized by vocational topic area.

Oklahoma Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center  800-654-4502 -- CIMC is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education. Materials are listed by subject area and by title only. Full descriptions appear only in the printed catalog. There is also an extensive page of links to Web resources organized by topic at

Instructional Materials Laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia  800-669-2465 -- The IML was established in 1969 to support instruction in Missouri. But today it produces and sells materials on a cost-recovery basis nationwide. Item descriptions are browsable by topic area.

Additional Sites

The following sites have been pointed out by readers of the paper (Techniques) version of this NET Gain.

Texas A&M Instructional Materials Service  409-845-6601 [added 4/16/98] -- The IMS is a service unit of the Department of Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University. The Web site lists titles and prices of materials for Agricultural and Trade and Industrial instruction. Some items have brief descriptions.

Mississippi Research and Curriculum Unit  601-325-2510 [added 7/21/98] -- The RCU at Mississippi State University has an extensive bank of curriculum materials for the secondary and postsecondary levels available in full-text (Adobe Acrobat) format.

New Hampshire's Curriculum Materials Library  603-358-2750 [added 7/30/98] [URL modified 4/1/99] -- Materials from this collection at Keene State College are available for loan on a library-to-library arrangement called "interlibrary loan" (patron requests materials through his/her own school, college, or public library; request is sent to the library; materials are loaned for 4-wk. period). Its holdings are incorporated into Keene-Link, the combined online catalogs of Keene State College and the Keene Public Library (

Southeastern Instructional Materials Center  205-345-2725 [added 7/31/98] -- SIMC is the curriculum division of the Resource Center for Technology. RCT is a nonprofit agency formed in Alabama in 1991. Materials are available (for sale) in paper form only, but the online catalog with brief descriptions is extensive and easy to use.

Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) Online  800-848-4815 ext. 2-4277 [added 8/19/98] -- The products and services available from CETE (at Ohio State University) are browsable by category and searchable by keyword.

Ohio Agricultural Education Curriculum Materials Service  614-292-4848 [added 8/19/98] -- The purpose of the Curriculum Materials Service is to assist teachers of agricultural education in selecting, obtaining, and using curriculum materials in their teaching programs.

Idaho Vocational Curriculum Dissemination Center  208-885-6556 [added 8/24/98] -- The Curriculum Dissemination Center site offers online browsing of the descriptions of materials in fifteen categories, offering materials for loan and for sale. Items are also searchable by keyword, and a word-processing version of the catalog can be downloaded.

Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education  800-292-1606 [added 3/9/99] -- The Center has numerous resources, information and materials on school-to-work, tech prep, and the Michigan career preparation system. The center resources area contains a technical assistance resource bank and downloadable task lists.

This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online archive of "NET Gain" columns is available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server ( Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.

David Carlson: 800-(old phone deleted);
Peter Seidman: 800-(old phone deleted);

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