ERIC Number: ED347281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Massachusetts' Occupational and Educational Trends: The Need for Program Articulation.
Articulation has the potential to improve educational quality, enhance the efficient use of resources, respond effectively to diverse reform proposals, and sustain student interest in school. Technology is changing the nature of work and requires both better schooled and more highly trained workers. Partnerships between high schools and community colleges can help to supply Massachusetts and the nation with a skilled and knowledgeable work force. The demand for engineering technicians, computer technicians, systems analysts, programmers, computer operators, paralegals, and health care assistants will have the greatest growth in Massachusetts. Articulated programming can effectively provide the required advanced skills needed by new entrants to these occupations. Articulated programming between the high school and community college requires close curriculum coordination and regular communication between all actors. Benefits of articulation include: eliminating duplicative curriculum, thus allowing quick entry to the job market with a higher level of skills; opportunity to enter postsecondary education at advanced levels; and the potential for colleges to gain better prepared high school graduates. An established articulation program between the high school and community college can also help secondary students not in college preparatory programs to develop appropriate skills to complete their education. Articulation is a pathway to preparing a better educated work force and a better educated citizenry. (21 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Coordination, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Technological Advancement, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Council on Vocational Education, Boston.
Note: For related documents, see CE 061 376-381.