ERIC Number: ED179710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Experience-Based Career Education. High School Level Demonstration Project. Final Report (October 1, 1976 to July 30, 1979).
Greenville County School District, Greenville, SC.
An Experience-Based Career Education (EBCE) exemplary project was conducted for three years in four high schools in Greenville County, South Carolina, and then evaluated for this final program report. Guidance and community components made up the program's major strengths. A third component (academic) proved nonessential. The guidance component centered on group sessions to help students integrate self-awareness, decision-making skills, goal setting, and personal values. The community component incorporated six hours per week of career experience per student, wherein students met individually with an adult working in a chosen career area for hands-on experience and information exchange. Students could also follow an internship approach to allow greater familiarization with a chosen career cluster. Strong community support was generated and maintained, and a summer program to acquaint other teachers with EBCE was added in the third year. At program's end, the community job resource bank comprised 189 job sites distributed over nineteen career clusters, making 500 choices available. Indicators of success included these: broad and diverse site selection resulting from and furthering communication between schools and businesses; a county-level decision to refund the program; acceptance by the state board of education of EBCE as a state model that renders participants eligible for academic credit; the large number of students who found part-time and summer employment with EBCE help; parent and student positive comments; and a high proportion (81%) of graduates employed or indicating further educational commitment to careers they explored during EBCE. (CP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Education, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Community Support, Demonstration Programs, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Student Attitudes, Vocational Maturity, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Greenville County School District, Greenville, SC.