ERIC Number: ED308899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Future Shop: A Model Career Placement & Transition Laboratory.
Floyd, Deborah L.; And Others
During 1988-89, the Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) conducted a project to develop, implement, and evaluate a model career laboratory called a "Future Shop." The laboratory was designed to let users explore diverse career options, job placement opportunities, and transfer resources. The Future Shop lab had three major components: (1) career assessment and exploration, including a career resources library, career interest assessments, a mentor program, a job fair, and employee education; (2) job transition and grooming, including interview coaching, seminars in resume writing and 4-year college transfer, and a video library; and (3) placement and transition support, including a computerized job referral system, college-affiliated job listings, job lead resources, and transfer articulation resources. All three model components were implemented at CCCCD, and one or more of the components were also piloted at 10 other Texas community colleges. Over 15,000 community college students utilized Future Shop services at one or more of the 11 participating colleges. Several means of evaluation were employed, including user feedback, comments from the participating institutions, advisory committee evaluations, and assessment by an external consultant. Overall, the evaluations were supportive of the Future Shop concept and the program. This manual provides an overview of the model; descriptions of the CCCCD program, including information on marketing, intake processes, and number of participants; descriptions of the pilot projects at the other colleges; summaries of project evaluations; a 135-item bibliography of materials in the career resources library; marketing resources; and detailed evaluation results. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Collin County Community Coll., McKinney, TX.