Vocational education was celebrated by the D.C. public schools last week, with the focus on the theme, "Vocational Education is Real Learning." Students and staff members demonstrated their skills and discussed classes available at career centers throughout the city. At the Martin Luther King Library, students gave demonstrations of watch and jewelry repair, business and technology, cosmetology, photography and printing, nursing, construction trades, upholstery and dressmaking, and machine shop and building maintenance.

Olympic skating stars held a skating clinic for Special Olympics athletes last week in a salute to the mentally retarded Washington area skaters who will compete in the Third International Winter Special Olympics Games in Park City, Utah, and Salt Lake City during March 25-29.

The Special Olympics athletes will compete with more than 800 others from the United States and 12 nations in such events as Alpine and Nordic skiing, speed skating and figure skating.

D.C. figure skaters Fatimah Alamin, 12, of H Street SE; Delonta Foster, 14, of Orren Street NE and Terry Wilson, 20, of Douglass Road SE, and speed skater Garry Kibler, 17, of Newton Street NW, were among the Special Olympics athletes who attended the clinic, hosted by 1984 Olympic stars Scott Hamilton, Elaine Zayak and Peter and Kitty Carruthers, who are now touring with the Ice Capades.

Gary R. Pearson, professor and chairman of the Georgetown University Medical School department of microbiology, has been appointed associate director for basic research at the Georgetown University Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center. Before coming to Georgetown in July, Pearson headed the microbiology section at the Mayo Clinic and was a professor of microbiology at the Mayo Medical School and University of Minnesota.

Charles Frederick Bates has been elected most worshipful grand master of Prince Hall Masons in D.C.. Bates, who joined the Masons 25 years ago, is an electronic specialist in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division of the Naval Research Laboratory. A member of the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, he has sung professionally with the Chanters of Mecca Temple and the Howard University Choir.

David S. Wisdom, son of Lucie Ogilvie of Seventh Street NE, has been named to the dean's list, with honors, for the fall semester at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. He is a freshman at the four-year college, which specializes in business and public administration.

-- Frances Sauve