ERIC Number: ED228433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Community Involvement in Cooperative Vocational Education.
Lewis, Morgan V.; Fraser, Jeannette L.
Existing data on the extent and kinds of present cooperation between schools and employers show that large majorities of employers, educators, and students approve of and are willing to participate in work experience programs. The most recent data from the 1979-80 school year indicate that cooperative programs enrolled only 10 percent of all students pursuing occupationally-specific programs at secondary and postsecondary levels. Almost two-thirds of all seniors had regular part-time jobs, but the work was "youth" jobs requiring few specific occupational skills. The small percentage in cooperative placements does not appear to be due to an unwillingness of employers to provide such opportunities. A l98l survey of members of the National Association of Manufacturers found that 22 percent already provide work experience for vocational students and an additional 56 percent are willing to do so. Following the presentation and discussion of the data, three methods for increasing private sector employer involvement--through community councils, financial incentives, and use of schools as brokers and clearinghouses--are are discussed in terms of six options that the federal government could pursue at the national level to encourage such involvement. The potential advantages and disadvantages of each of these options are noted. Thirteen data tables are provided. An appendix contains information on six reports of national councils and panels relevant to increased community involvement in cooperative vocational education. (YLB)
Descriptors: Clearinghouses, Community Involvement, Cooperative Education, Educational Legislation, Employer Attitudes, Federal Legislation, Incentives, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.