ERIC Number: ED342434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Transition from School to Work: The Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) Handbook.
Lehmann, Jean P.; And Others
Information is provided for individuals wanting to start or improve Alternative Cooperative Programs (ACE). The ACE program model was developed in Colorado to enhance the educational opportunities for special needs youth, maximize their abilities to live independently, and reduce their risk of dropping out. ACE programs serve handicapped and disadvantaged students at different age levels with different occupational needs. Though most ACE programs are at high schools, opportunity schools, and vocational-technical centers, community colleges and other postsecondary institutions are also eligible to apply for funding. The seven elements common to ACE organizational models are vocational assessment, educational planning, career and guidance advising, occupational experiences, transitional services, curriculum, and advisory committees. Chapter 1 describes the design of the manual; traces the evolution of ACE; offers advice on starting an ACE program, including information on relevant legislation; and presents guidance on needs assessment, long-range planning, and program evaluation. Chapter 2 provides guidelines for establishing assessment and advising programs; the educational planning process; for-credit occupational experiences; job development; and transition services to help students move from high school to postsecondary training and from home to more independent settings. Chapter 3 focuses on the ACE curriculum, including information on designing curricula, curriculum models, suggested program competencies, instructional methods, curriculum activities, and lesson planning. Finally, chapter 4 lists resources available to ACE coordinators, including information on individuals, agencies, and special programs. Appendixes provide a variety of forms, surveys, checklists, fact sheets, and other pertinent information. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Risk Students, High Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Guides, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
School of Occupational and Educational Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado