ERIC Number: ED330376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
The Student Transition and Retention Program (STAR) [and] Student Guidebook, 1990-91.
Fortune, Dorothy; Sims, Adrienne
The Student Transition and Retention Program (STAR), one of 10 federally-funded model dropout prevention programs, was created to address the high dropout rate in Santa Ana (California) public high schools. Students participating in the STAR program, complete a vocational course providing them with important job skills, and also receive support to help them successfully complete their high school studies. Over 191 students have participated in the program, which is housed at the Centennial Education Center (CEC) in Santa Ana. Recruiters from the STAR program visit area high schools and meet with counselors, teachers, and administrators who recommend students for the program. STAR accepts students age 17 to 21 who have a minimum English proficiency and who are motivated to complete vocational training and graduate from high school. Once accepted, students take a set of placement tests and meet with special counselors who assign a course load for the students. Enrollment requires 20-25 hours of class per week, a course in Vocational English as a Second Language, and participation in program activities. A number of support services are also provided, including part-time work, child care, transportation, and tutoring. Students near program completion receive special counseling to determine whether they want to continue their studies after STAR. Part 1 of this two-part report provides an introduction to the program and includes copies of test instruments, counselor evaluation forms, and a high school graduation requirements sheet. Part 2, the student guidebook, includes additional forms, schedules of activities, and maps of the CEC and other key sites. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Counseling Services, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Prevention, High Risk Students, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Potential Dropouts, Student Attrition, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational English (Second Language)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Santa Ana Unified School District, CA.; Rancho Santiago Community Coll. District, Santa Ana, CA.; Central County Regional Occupational Program, Santa Ana, CA.