ERIC Number: ED361542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Tech Prep Program in Financial Services. Final Report.
Chicago Public Schools, IL.
A tech prep program in financial services, called Chicago Academy of Finance, was developed at Jones Metropolitan High School of Business and Commerce in Chicago, Illinois. The program was designed to integrate vocational and academic skills, with an emphasis on critical thinking skills. Of the 39 students initially enrolling in the first 11th-grade tech prep class, 34 (87%) completed their first year. Most program completers were either African American (73.2%) or Hispanic (24.4%) and female (82.9%). More than 90% of these students completed the program with a grade-point average of C or better. All students eligible for internships were successfully placed in paid summer positions. A pre-academy for 9th- and 10th-grade students at Jones High School was also launched in September 1992. The program benefited from significant participatory planning and involvement of a local summer youth jobs program and business advisory council and received the Connections 2000 award for innovative curriculum integration development. (Appendixes include the following: project brochures and publicity materials; a list of implementation team members; student performance standards by program year; learning objectives, standards, and evaluation methods; program philosophy and academic and social policy statements; and reports on the project appearing in the school's newspaper.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Public Schools, IL.