George-Deen Vocational Law

From Ohio History Central

In 1936, the United States government instituted the George-Deen Vocational Law. This law provided federal funds to states to improve vocational education in public schools and colleges. Under the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917, the federal government provided matching funds to states to provide vocational education in agriculture and home economics. The George-Deen Vocational Law extended funding to workers in "distributive" occupations. These jobs included any positions involving the sale of a product or of a service. Some examples of these occupations are store managers, purchasing agents, and salespeople, among others.

The George-Deen Vocational Law of 1936 helped provide students and workers with job training, helping them to attain better positions. By 1939, just three years after the law's implementation, approximately five thousand Ohioans were enrolled in vocational programs.

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