ERIC Number: ED284064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Youthful High School Noncompleters: Enhancing Opportunities for Employment and Education. Information Series No. 316.
Martin, Larry G.
High school noncompletion is a complex problem that requires complex solutions that schools are often inhibited from implementing quickly. Alternative educational services are often necessary for students who are able to complete high school but who find school an unrewarding place in which to learn. A loose network of public and private programs has evolved that are intended to provide noncompleters with opportunities to make a successful school-to-work transition. These include employment and training, adult literacy, and alternative high school programs. Research findings indicate that successful programs share the following characteristics: longer-term efforts as opposed to short-term, intensive preemployment counseling, a combination of training and academic assistance, emphasis on basic academic skills, self-paced or staff-intensive training, and collaborative relationships with other agencies and programs. Examples of successful intervention programs include Youth Chance in San Francisco, the Adult Education Dropout Project of Kansas City, and the Career Intern Program (an alternative high school program) that was originally established in Philadelphia. Employment and educational opportunities for dropouts could be enhanced by guaranteeing continuous funding as long as programs demonstrate success, creating a point system for increased financial rewards for programs with successful recruitment and retention records, and encouraging programs to develop linkages with community-based organizations. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Case Studies, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Programs, Dropouts, Intervention, Job Placement, Job Training, Literacy Education, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Transitional Programs
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. IN 316--$7.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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.