Career/Vocational Education Videos

Applied Biology/Chemistry

47 programs - var. lengths; 9-12; Career Education, Science; Distributed by: Cord Communications (1993)

Takes 4 T-120 tapes

  1. Tape 1 - 115 min. - 1) An Introduction To Natural Resources 2) Fossil Fuels: A True Story, Pt. 1 3) Fossil Fuels: A True Story, Pt. 2 4) Problem Solving Introduction 5) Greenhouse Effect 6) Water Rights, Water Wrongs 7) Dust Bowl 8) Animal H ouse 9) Natural Resources: A Summary 10) The Physical Nature Of Water 11) The Chemical Nature Of Water 12) Water in Chemical Reactions 13) H ow Water Dissolves Material 14) Is This Water OK? 15) Air Overview 16) What Is Air? 17) Why Is Air Important To Life? 18) H ow Are Gases Used Commercially? 19) What Else Is In The Air?
  2. Tape 2 - 104 min. - 20) DNA Fingerprinting 21) Artificial Insemination 22) Ultrasound 23) Color Blindness 24) Genetic Engineering 25) You Really Are What You Eat 26) Digestion 27) Food Technology 28) Dietary Problems 29) Different Diets for Different Needs 30) AIDS 31) Vaccination: The Works 32) Emergency Medical Attendants 33) Quality Control in Drugs 34) Mobile H ealth Unit
  3. Tape 3 - 98 min. - 35) Automated Greenhouse 36) Tree Seed Plant 37) Plant Propagation 38) Farming Decisions 39) Senses & Behavior 40) Waste: Production & Excretion 41) Temperature Regulation 42) Growth 43) Microorganisms Are All Around Us 44) How Are Microorganisms Being Genetically Manipulated 45) Microbes That Serve Us 46) Some Microorganisms Can Be Harmful
  4. Tape 4 - 32 min. - 47) Synthetic Materials

Can I Get There from Here?

5 programs - 30 min. each; 9-12; Career Education, Economics, Guidance, Maine Studies; Produced by: University of Maine at Augusta (1982)

What kind of future do poor, unskilled, unmotivated young people have in this state? Can I Get There From H ere? is a documentary series on employment opportunities, barriers, and support possibilities for young people in Maine which addresses this issue. Teachers are advised to preview before use as dialogue contains some profanity.

  1. Rural Youth
  2. Urban Youth
  3. Disabled Youth
  4. Single Parents
  5. Young Offenders

Challenge of Unanswered Questions

15 min.; 7-12; Career Education, Social Studies, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

Career opportunities in research.

Enter Here

11 - 10 min. programs; 5-8; Career/Vocational Education; International Telecommunication Services (1995)

Employees talk to students about their jobs, dreams and accomplishments in a landmark career awareness resource called ENTER H ERE. The series illustrates several careers filmed at actual work sites across the country.

  1. Remittance Processing Clerk
  2. Legal Secretary
  3. Systems Operator
  4. Commercial Collector
  5. Assistant Forms Coordinator
  6. Technical Site Representative
  7. Conveyor Assembler
  8. Apprentice Carpenter
  9. Equipment Mechanic
  10. Product Assembler
  11. Apprentice Plumber


20 min.; 9-12; Career/Vocational Education, Forests & Forestry , Maine Studies, Safety; Distributed by: Maine Dept. of Labor (1988)

The program presents 11 hazards associated with cutting in logging operations and makes practical suggestions for dealing with these hazards.

Help Wanted

8 programs - 15 min. each; 7-12; Agriculture, Career Education, Comminication, Criminal Justice, Guidance, H ealth; Distributed by: International Telecommunication Services (1987)

H elp Wanted investigates a variety of vocations for the student who is preparing to enter the work force or go on to college. Job preparation and survival are discussed by people who are active in the fields discussed. The responsibilities and the skills needed for each occupation are discussed.

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Television & Radio Broadcasting
  3. Medical Technologist
  4. Animal Health Technologist
  5. Secretarial Science
  6. Educationist
  7. Law Enforcement
  8. Agriculturist

It All Adds Up

12 min.; 7-12; Business Education, Career Education, Guidance; Produced by: American Institute of CPAs (1990)

An overview of careers in accounting. Since accounting offers a variety of career choices, the potential to advance to the highest levels of upper management, high earnings, and the opportunity to meet and work with people, It All Adds Up to an exciting, challenging and rewarding career.

Jackson Laboratory

60 min.; 7-12; Career Education, H ealth, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1984)

A setting that speaks of summer pleasures and the dramatic beauty of the rock-bound coast of Maine seems an unlikely spot for scientists whose influence and abilities are known world-wide, ongoing research vital to health and well-being, and buildings housing appealing mice especially bred to make their contribution to future generations. The program takes an in-depth look at the three principal functions of the extensive facility: the breeding of laboratory mice, cancer and genetic research, and education. Viewers are given a look at the research lab through the eyes of seven scientists who work there. Topics explored are: the difference between basic and applied research; the use of mice for research; concerns for the health and treatment of mice; cancer research; concerns for genetic manipulation and its moral and ethical considerations; the quest for funding.

Maine Game Warden

24 min.; 7-12; Career Education, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1994)

Maine's first game warden was appointed by the governor in 1830 to enforce moose and deer laws enacted that year. In 1880, the Warden Service was officially created by the legislature. Today game wardens are dedicated law enforcement professionals charged with enforcing fish and game laws throughout the state.

Maine Outdoorsman

6 programs - various lengths; 4-12; Career Education, Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Ursus Productions (1999)

Various aspects of wildlife management programs and Maine environmental issues involving the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

  1. Black Bears with Dept. of Fish & Wildlife (60 min.)
  2. A Day in the Life of a Maine Game Warden (30 min.)
  3. Loons in Maine wit Maine Audubon Society/Maine Wood Duck Management (60 min.)
  4. Landowner Relations (30 min.)
  5. Snowmobile Safety/Snowmobile Issues with a Maine Game Warden (30 min.)
  6. Winter Deer Feeding (30 min.)

Maine Works

7 programs - 50 min. each; 7-12; Career Education, Economics, Maine Studies; Produced by: Governor's Office, MDECS, and UMA (1990)

Maine Works, hosted by Governor John McKernan, is a career information series. The programs introduce students to a variety of careers, allow them to see Maine people working in those fields, and to explore and gather information about the skills, interests, and education needed for a particular job.

  1. Journalism
  2. Athletics
  3. Small Business
  4. Environment
  5. Health Care
  6. Criminal Justice
  7. Human Services

Mathematics at Work in Society

4 programs - 20 min. each; 8-12; Career Education, Mathematics; Produced by: The Mathematicsl Association of America (1982)

Mathematics At Work In Society is designed to increase student awareness of the connection between mathematics and careers.

  1. An Actuary: What's That?
  2. Mathematics In Space
  3. Mathematics: The Language Of Research
  4. Mathematics: Where Will I Ever Use It?

No Boss on Your Back

31 min.; 9-12; Career Education, Forests & Forestry, Maine Studies, Safety; Distributed by: Maine Dept. of Labor (1992)

No Boss On Your Back deals with safe trucking in the wood industry.

Put'er There!

22 min.; 9-12; Career Education, Forests & Forestry, Maine Studies, Safety; Distributed by: Maine Dept of Labor, Augusta, ME (1989)

Put'er There! is about directional felling in forestry operations. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the most commonly used notching techniques with a heavy emphasis on safety.

Reaching Higher in Maine

2 programs - 60 min. each; 9-12; Business Education, Career Education, Guidance; Produced by: Maine Public Television (1998)

Reaching H igher in Maine aims at giving Maine students the information needed to pursue new academic opportunities, achieve higher education, and advance career goals.

  1. Building Futures through Membership
  2. Understanding Financial Aid

S-E-T Quest

7 programs - 15 min. each; 9-12; Career Education; Produced by: International Telecommunication Services (1999)

SETQuest encourages students to explore a wide range of career opportunities in science, engineering and technology (SET). Through "at-the-worksite" video profiles, students meet a diverse group of professionals.

Teaching with ME: Maine Teacher of the Year

60 min.; 9-12; Career Education; Teacher Education; Maine PBS (2004)

This program includes video profiles of each of the 11 finalists for Maine Teacher of the Year, highlighting the diverse stories of one of our state's most important professions. The special also focuses on Maine's Teacher of the Year and the award ceremony held at his/her high school. Support for this program was provided by hannaford Supermarket.

Teens @ Work: Starting Safely

12 min.; 9-12; Career Education, H ealth, Safety; Produced by: Maine Department of Labor (1998)

Understanding health and safety hazards young workers face on the job. Prevention issues, and rights of young workers, including child labor laws.


30 - 30 min. programs ; 9-12 ; Career/Vocational Education, Health/Wellness, Language Arts, Mathematics ;

TV411 is an exciting 30-part video series for adult learners that uses real-life topics to teach pre-GED-level basic skills. This indispensable learning tool is packed with expert advice and proven tips to promote active learning. The program content focuses on parenting, money matters, and health; specific subjects include reading comprehension, research how-to's, writing to others, filling out forms, calculating percentages, using fractions, taking tests, and more.

  • #101 Question Man uses a thesaurus to find synonyms, while Stephen Colman illustrates the use of synonyms and antonyms in slam poetry. Laverne helps a coworker figure out how much of her pay is taken out in taxes, job seekers create dossiers to help in their job hunts, a Nashville mechanic shares his experiences, and Michael Franti of Spearhead explains how he writes songs.
  • #102 Members of the Dallas Cowboys use football to illustrate examples of decimals and percentages; Agent Know How shows how to get a library card; poet Jimmy Santiago Baca tells how he discovered the power of language while serving time in prison, then leads a writing seminar; and Question Man explains when to use apostrophes.
  • #103 Job seekers prepare for filling out applications by creating personal data sheets, and singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow talks about music and the composing process. A mother creates a medical "bible" in order to document and track her chronically ill child's medical history.
  • #104 Actress Kathy Bates talks about books that have been made into movies, a woman from Pittsburgh tells how she reached her goal of becoming a travel agent, the book club reads Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, and Malik Yoba shares tips on how to keep a journal.
  • #105 The book club reads I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Agent Know How goes looking for information at the library, and Laverne helps a new father of triplets multiply his shopping list. The Lifelines segment shows how to prepare for a visit to the doctor.
  • #106 Question Man shows how to take a phone message, Laverne helps shoppers get the best deals on television sets, and pop/rock band BETTY teaches about homonyms. Job seekers learn how to write résumés, and an Indiana woman talks about going back to school as an adult so she could become a nurse.
  • #107 Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner introduces a segment in which skaters Tai Babalonia and Randy Gardner calculate an average. An animated segment shows how to look up a word in a dictionary, and New York artist Esperanza Cortez shares her battle with dyslexia.
  • #108 Job seekers work on writing cover letters for applications, Laverne helps a shopper with diabetes get nutritional information from food labels, and "Dictionary Cinema" shows how to look up a word you don't know how to spell.
  • #109 Agent Know How tries out the library computer to find a book, and a father shares tips on reading to children. The book club members read Angela's Ashes and meet author Frank McCourt.
  • #110 A young couple gets advice on getting their finances under control from a credit counselor, and John Fugelsang hosts a look at the fine print on "too-good-to-be-true" credit card offers. The "Rip Off" segment looks critically at a TV ad, and author Studs Terkel reads from his book Working.
  • #111 Salsa musician Rubén Blades performs some of his songs and talks about his writing process. An El Paso mother enters the Even Start program and learns ways to bring her family closer together through reading and writing. Then Question Man shares tips on taking tests.
  • #112 Laverne helps a young man write a card to his girlfriend, parents choose a school for their child, and bluegrass singer/songwriter Hazel Dickens shares some of her music.
  • #113 Professional women basketball players explain applications of fractions and percentages in their sport, new immigrants get advice on applying for citizenship, and Laverne helps a customer fill out an application for store credit. An Oakland woman shares how writing a letter can generate change in a community.
  • #114 A son writes an emotional letter to his estranged father, and Dictionary Cinema shows how foreign words are listed. An adult learner talks to his boss about his continuing education. LaPhonso Ellis and Alan Henderson of the NBA demonstrate how to figure out time and distance on a map when planning a trip. Also, tips on highlighting text, a pop quiz about word origins, and an explanation of the word reconcile.
  • #115 Question Man goes to the library for books on parenting, and Laverne explains how to use a glossary to read a health insurance plan. Street Beat offers advice on figuring the tip in a restaurant, and a mother and daughter create a daily schedule. Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca shows a group of adult learners how to keep a journal. Other topics include energy consumption of appliances and the word stereotype.
  • #116 Question Man looks at the economics of rent-to-own deals, basketball pro Olympia Scott-Richardson shows how she uses her day planner to stay organized, and actor Dennis Franz gives a tip on reading the newspaper. Laverne helps a painting contractor figure the cost of a job, and singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon writes a song on the spot. Other topics include credit card debt and the word analogy.
  • #117 A couple of first-time home buyers learn how to read a mortgage chart, Question Man works on understanding his utility bill, and Street Beat shows how to evaluate written information. Four students from California, calling themselves the Freedom Writers, use pen and paper to fight prejudice and intolerance. Also: how to use a thesaurus, a pop quiz about volunteering, and the word anomaly.
  • #118 Question Man reads the newspaper, ABC News anchor Antonio Mora hosts a report on multiple intelligences, tennis pro Zina Garrison explains percentiles and rankings, and Jimmy Santiago Baca shows a group of adult learners how to summarize a poem. Street Beat covers looking up government listings in the phone book, while other segments introduce facts about the United States Census and the word dynamics.
  • #119 Tips on how to summarize almost anything, a pop quiz about adults in college, and the word marginalized. ABC News anchor Antonio Mora reports on different learning styles, a Maryland steel worker studies for his GED, Laverne explains how to use unit price labels on store shelves, and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca talks about how he discovered the joy of language.
  • #120 While reading a pamphlet on breast cancer, Laverne explains the basics of probability and odds. Elizabeth Daniels Squire, a novelist who is also dyslexic, talks about her work, and Antonio Mora of ABC News reports on dyslexia. Also: different meanings for the same word, how to learn and remember new words, a quiz about water and the human body, and the word genetics.
  • #121 Body Works - Olympic medalist Marian Jones demonstrates the concept of rate, and two math-savvy Calculating Women take charge of an overweight friend's calorie counting. "Lifelines" explores smart ways to manage multiple medications, mind mentor Michael Gelb shares an innovative technique for brainstorming and retaining ideas, and Michael Beech of Third Watch offers tips for handling an emergency.
  • #122 Personal Finances - Question Man gets financial advice from a millionaire, a teenage father gets help starting up a small lollipop business as he pursues his GED, the Calculating Women estimate and calculate their way to the perfect cell phone plan, and a federal official reveals the math behind common money scams.
  • #123 The Learning Journey - Strategies for reading comprehension on the GED test, ratios in the kitchen with TV chef Curtis Aikens, the story of how one man left prison and low literacy behind, and a look at what happened when an entire Midwestern town read the same novel.
  • #124 On the Job - Question Man figures out how to decipher legalese, an Appalachian man tells how he succeeded in changing careers after the end of his coal-mining days, and the Calculating Women explore strategies for building up retirement savings. "Math Behind the Arts" features a New York City subway tile artist.
  • #125 Navigating the System - Tips on how to avoid credit card debt from the Calculating Women; a profile of a New York man who, despite a reading disability, teaches others how to pass written driver's license exams; and advice from Laverne on over-the-counter medicine labels and prescription dosages. Three Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate how to read a world map.
  • #126 Family Matters - An African immigrant struggles to learn to read and raise a family in America, Laverne helps a young mother child-proof her home, and an African-American woman researches her family roots over the Internet and in the field. Hip-hop star Doug E. Fresh teaches parents and children how to rap while they read.
  • #127 Writing - Question Man tackles sentence fragments in a grammatically correct dream, poet Jimmy Baca conducts a dynamic writing workshop with steelworkers, and Laverne helps a co-worker create an outline for a GED essay on disciplining children. A peek behind the scenes at the popular Bernie Mac Show looks in on a professional brainstorming session.
  • #128 Express Yourself - Newly minted writer Kathi Wellington tells stories from her days as a female steelworker, and origami artist June Sakamoto gives a geometry lesson. Parents and children interpret art and symbolism at the Philadelphia Museum, and Broadway performers from Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam demonstrate that writing poetry can be both literary and exuberant.
  • #129 Math for Life - A drummer and the chorus line of Forty-Second Street demonstrate fractions in action, a carpenter shows how math is critical to her work, Mets pitcher Al Leiter illustrates the perimeter of a baseball diamond, and Laverne explains percentages and multiple markdowns for bargain hunters.
  • #130 Media - Question Man gets the scoop from a reporter on how to read between the lines, and "Straight to the Source" looks over the shoulder of political cartoonist Don Margolies as he creates his caricatures. DC United soccer star Nick Rimando shows how he uses computers and the Internet while he's on the road, and the book club visits a special class in New York where workers learn about the history of the Depression through Dorothea Lange's celebrated photographs.

Workplace Essential Skills

24 - 30 min. programs ; 9-12 ; Career/Vocational Education, Communication, Guidance, Language Arts, Mathematics ; PBS Adult Learning Service

Workplace Essential Skills is an extraordinary instructional package that teaches how to find, keep and thrive in the job. Use it in classes, workshops, training, outreach or even distance education programs. This is designed for pre-GED (sixth to eightth grade reading level) adult learners. It develops job search, reading, writing, math, and communication skills.

  1. Orientation: Making it Work
  2. Planning to Work
  3. Matching Skills and Jobs
  4. Applying for Jobs
  5. Resumes, Tests, and Choices
  6. Interviewing
  7. Ready for Work
  8. Workplace Safety
  9. Learning at Work
  10. The Language of Work
  11. Communicating with Co-workers and Supervisors
  12. Working Together
  13. Communicating with Customers
  14. A Process for Writing
  15. Supplying Information: Directions, Forms, and Charts
  16. Writing Memos and Letters
  17. Reading for a Purpose
  18. Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
  19. Following Directions
  20. Reading Reports and Manuals
  21. Solving Problems
  22. Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  23. Measurements and Formulas
  24. Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data

Your Stewards of Maine's Fish & Wildlife

12.5 min.; 4-12; Career Education, Enviroment, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1999)

This fast moving video takes viewers through a variety of Department activities that focus on the 'hows and whys' of Maine's fisheries and wildlife management. Wildlife biologists, game wardens, fishery, hatchery and other staff are featured doing their jobs for and with fish and wildlife throughout the woods and waters of the state.