ERIC Number: ED175786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Career Orientation Program.
A Career Orientation Program (COP) which provides exploratory work experience as well as classroom career instruction is described. The program is part of the High School in the Community (HSC), New Haven, Connecticut, an alternative school designed to provide a choice of learning environments within the public school system. Four components comprise the program. Experience Based Career Education provides opportunities for the student to systematically sample conditions of work in a variety of fields for class credit. General Work Experience allows part-time employment as part of the total school program. Vocational Work Experience provides specific occupational preparation for entry into selected careers. Other experience programs exist for sampling a variety of non-academic experiences such as arts, crafts, and music. After the student has been screened and officially enrolled in the program, the COP coordinator arranges meetings with the prospective employer and outlines responsibilities of the student, the community teacher, and the coordinator. Official outside evaluations note the innovative nature of the program, the large number of student participants, and the willingness of employers to cooperate. Major limitations are the half-time position of the coordinator, the suffering economy, and the lack of publicity for the program. A brief history of the COP from 1971 to the present concludes the document. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Exploration, Career Planning, Community Schools, Cooperative Planning, Educational Innovation, Experiential Learning, Individualized Programs, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Work Experience Programs
High School in the Community, 45 Nash Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 ($0.20)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Schools of Choice, New Haven, CT.