ERIC Number: ED315539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Transition Services for Disadvantaged Youth Enrolled in Vocational Education.
Reisner, Elizabeth R.; Balasubramaniam, Meena
A study examined the circumstances underlying the school-to-work transition problems of disadvantaged youth and strategies that school systems in Detroit, Pensacola (Florida), New Castle (Indiana), and Pittsburgh have adopted to address these problems. Among the problems studied were lack of information about jobs and careers, too few role models in good jobs, lack of the skills and attitudes needed in the workplace, inadequate access to high quality vocational education programs, employers' negative perceptions and attitudes, and poor labor market conditions for youth. The districts studied exhibited important differences in their circumstances, priorities, and methods for assisting the transition of disadvantaged youth. The study's analysis indicates that program components play key roles in encouraging the creation of employer linkages with disadvantaged youth. Those components are: early intervention; the availability of tutors, mentors, and advocates; supervised work experience; and placement assistance. The study recommends a new federal policy on improving employer linkages with disadvantaged students by expanding local and state activities in each of these service components. The following changes in the Perkins Act are recommended: (1) a statement endorsing the development of better links between disadvantaged youth and employers; (2) language authorizing demonstrations of approaches likely to promote such linkages; and (3) establishment of a new set of required services to disadvantaged youth that are separate from the services required for handicapped youth. (A 33-item bibliography is included.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Assessment of Vocational Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Indiana; Michigan (Detroit); Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984