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ERIC Number: ED260741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The High School/Community College Connection.
Parnell, Dale
Communication between secondary schools and community, technical, and junior colleges regarding entrance/exit requirements, preparation, degree requirements, etc., is needed to help students succeed in their postsecondary educational goals. Recent education reform reports have emphasized the need for more substance and structure in the high school program--a need which is evidenced by the facts that: (1) high school dropouts are returning to school at the community college level; (2) nearly two-thirds of high school dropouts come from the general education program; (3) the 20 fastest growing occupations prefer job applicants to have postsecondary education and training; and (4) American business and industry spends $30 million a year on the education and training of 11 million employees. To deal with the problem of unfocused learning and encourage a greater degree of connectedness between the classroom and "real life," a four-year tech-prep/associate degree program could be developed. These articulated programs would begin in the junior year of high school and continue through an associate degree program. Such programs would address a number of the problems threatening educational excellence today, including lack of curricular coordination between high schools and two-year colleges; lack of continuity in learning; and poor high school preparation for college. The challenge for educators today is to develop a coordinated curriculum that provides more substance and structure in the educational program to develop the human resources that support the strength and vitality of the nation. (EJV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presneted at a Symposium of the Cooperative for the Advancement of Community-Based Postsecondary Education (COMBASE) (Denver, CO, September 30-October 2, 1985).