ERIC Number: ED329852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan-24
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The Integrated Occupational Program: Building Bridges for At-Risk Students.
The Integrated Occupational Program (IOP) is a new program of studies that is being developed and implemented by Alberta Education (Canada) to meet the needs of students who are identified as being at risk and unable to cope with the regular program. A major feature of the program is its emphasis on first developing students' self-esteem and then, the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes (generic skills) necessary for successful entry into the workplace and/or post-secondary education and training institutions. This paper provides a description of at-risk students and identifies components of effective and non-effective programs. An overview of the IOP reveals two major components: core academic courses and practical arts/occupational courses. School-community partnerships are an important feature of the IOP. These partnerships provide an enhanced environment for instruction and learning, and allow for the development of more inclusive and real life oriented curricula. The benefits of the IOP program are described, and the success of the program is discussed. Students earn a certificate of achievement and a graduate achievement profile upon successful completion of the program. By taking additional high school courses, students may also gain a general high school diploma. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta; Integrated Occupational Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Consultation on Vocational Counselling (17th, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 22-24, 1991).