ERIC Number: ED169214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Pathfinder: Exploration through a Cluster Structure Linking Business, Manpower Agencies, and Vocational-Technical Education by Broadening Information, Aspirations, and Career and Educational Opportunities. Second Interim Report.
Watertown Independent School District 1, SD.
A three-year project, Pathfinder has concluded its second year of providing community-based, on-site career experiences to young people who have left high school either as graduates or dropouts and who wish to explore careers within a framework of occupational clusters. During the year from September, 1977, to August, 1978, 172 students received guidance, counseling, instruction in basic skills, or work experience. To evaluate the program's achievements for this time period, the following procedures were used: a followup survey of some previous year's clients; a pre- and post-assessment of development in basic skills, career knowledge, and decision-making; community site personnel questionnaires; interviews with second-year clients; and site visitations. Based on the evaluation data collected, it was concluded that (1) the project is functioning very satisfactorily; (2) the number of clients being served has increased significantly in the second year; (3) those who have completed the program indicate satisfaction with it; (4) participants' mathematical achievement levels were raised; (5) career counseling and assessment are considered particularly valuable; (6) the project staff has an excellent relationship with community site personnel; (7) dissemination efforts were increased; and (8) recordkeeping improved. Areas for future improvement include greater emphasis on basic English skills, a more efficient feedback system from former students, and the initiation of small group learning situations. (ELG)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Dropout Programs, Experiential Learning, Information Dissemination, Occupational Clusters, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Success, Work Experience Programs, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Watertown Independent School District 1, SD.