ERIC Number: ED345033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Reform: Bridging the Tech Prep Gap.
In response to the Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act, schools and colleges across the country are rushing to launch "tech prep" education programs. The resulting 2 + 2 programs are designed primarily for 16- to 20-year-olds who complete high school and then go on for postsecondary education in a technical or practical field. However, the legislation does not take into account that segment of the out-of-school population who also desire to earn an associate degree in a practical field but are inadequately prepared to do so. In an effort to bridge the knowledge gap of this group, the School of Technology and Applied Sciences at Northern Michigan University began a 1-semester, technology-oriented developmental program. The bridging curriculum addresses all the competencies recommended for technical preparation by the Michigan Tech-Prep Task Force in order to strengthen the learners' basic skills. Major components of the program include assessment, counseling, advising, faculty inservice training, course delivery, program evaluation, and follow-up. The interdisciplinary curriculum requires students to attend classes for 30 hours per week. Courses include survival skills, applied communications, applied mathematics, principles of technology, applied chemistry and biology, computer literacy, the systems approach, modern technology, quality, entrepreneurship, inventing, and career planning. The program provides students experiences comparable to those of "tech prep" students and allows them to enroll in an associate degree program with expectations of success. (14 references) (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Basic Skills, College Programs, Competence, Competency Based Education, Developmental Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Postsecondary Education, Technical Education, Technology, Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Michigan University; Tech Prep
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Los Angeles, CA, December 1991).