ERIC Number: ED315666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Transition for At-Risk Youth. Information Series No. 339.
Feichtner, Sheila H.
School-to-work transition helps at-risk youth secure and maintain employment and an adult life-style. Transition focuses on individual characteristics, training needs, and choices that result in the development of realistic long-range goals and selection of appropriate programs and services. Effective school-to-work transition necessitates a wide array of transition options, articulated services, systematic prescription procedures, and an information tracking system. The following program and service barriers compound the societal barriers faced by at-risk youth: lack of systematic service delivery, lack of case managers, lack of career exploration programs, lack of agency coordination, underuse of parents as resources, and shortage of adult service programs. The unemployment and underemployment problems of at-risk youth are significant enough to the nation's economy to merit mandating a systematized school-to-work transition process for all at-risk youth. Major policy concerns include lack of an advocated transition model, trained personnel, and longitudinal information about the outcomes of transition processes. Recommendations for improvement include identification and training of case managers, especially for youth with disabilities and limited English proficiency; integration of career development/exploration in middle schools; research on outcomes; funding for the development of a standardized and computerized management information system to improve decision making and provide outcome measures about the cost effectiveness of programs and services. (74 references) (SK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Federal Legislation, High Risk Students, Individualized Education Programs, Job Training, Limited English Speaking, Secondary Education
Publications Office, Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. IN339: $8.75).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.