ERIC Number: ED362963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Business/Education Partnerships' Impact on High-School Student Graduation from High School, Continuing Education, and Job Status.
Dick, James C.
This paper presents findings of a study that examined the effect of high school students' participation in a business-education partnership on the following student outcomes: graduation from high school, college attendance, and employment status. The treatment program, operated by the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP), serves many of the vocational training needs of six school districts in eastern Los Angeles County (California). ROP is a network of partnerships with institutions of higher education, social-service agencies, professional associations and clubs, and the business community. Data were collected from three groups--a control group of general-track high school students, one treatment group with one year of career training, and a second treatment group with two years of training. Telephone interviews were conducted with students and program instructors. Findings indicate that the treatment groups demonstrated higher graduation rates, greater rates of involvement in higher education, higher levels of full-time employment, and higher levels of work in management-level jobs. It is recommended that educational agencies and businesses share the responsibility for promoting lifelong learning through continued education. Partnerships should be forged with businesses that value education for its contribution to a quality work force, and educators can increase student awareness of businesses that support education. Seven figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Educational Research Cooperative, Riverside.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).