ERIC Number: ED366802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-13
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Building Bridges from School to Work. A Background Paper for the "Goals 2000: Educate America" Satellite Town Meeting.
More than half of current high school graduates do not go to college, and about two-thirds of high school graduates do not complete a college education. For these young people, as well as for the future competitiveness of the United States, a strategy to build bridges from school to work is needed. Four models have been suggested: youth apprenticeship, tech prep, career academies, and cooperative education, all of which are being implemented in various ways throughout the country. Eight principles are helpful to communities seeking to build high-quality school-to-work bridges and open multiple career paths for their young workers: (1) business as a major player; (2) community colleges in a pivotal role; (3) high standards for all students; (4) incentives for students to meet high standards; (5) career guidance, exploration, and counseling for all students; (6) integrated academic and technical learning; (7) integrated school-based learning with worksite learning; and (8) preparing students for two futures--(1) jobs requiring technical skills and (2) further learning, either job-specific training or four-year college. More than half of this document is comprised of the following information: descriptions of 9 current school-to-work projects, contacts for such partnerships, an annotated list of 12 sources of help, 9 references, a list of 10 national standards groups, and an annotated list of 27 documents that communities can use to begin raising academic standards and objectives for National Education Goal 5 which states that, by the year 2000, "every adult American will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy." (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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