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ERIC Number: ED369441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-1
Pages: 11
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The Tech Prep Associate Degree Program Revisited.
Parnell, Dale
Current education reform efforts show a lack of attention to the three out of four students currently in the educational system who are unlikely to ever earn baccalaureate degrees. The Tech Prep Associate Degree Program (TPAD) is aimed at preparing this neglected majority for the demands of a complex and shifting economy and improving teaching and learning. TPAD received funding under the Perkins Applied Technology and Vocational Education Act to: (1) provide planning and demonstration grants to consortia of high schools and community/technical colleges for development of four-year, (Grades 11-12-13-14) Associate Degree or Certificate programs; (2) provide comprehensive curricular links between high schools and community colleges emphasizing occupationally specific programs; and (3) combine knowing with doing in the teaching-learning process. Some 8 years later, the most successful TPAD efforts are exhibiting the following characteristics: the establishment of a cooperative partnership among high school and community college personnel; the regular involvement of employer and labor representatives; high expectations of students as well as applied academics curricula to help students reach these expectations. Early returns from schools that have fully implemented the TPAD program show a definite pattern of improved student learning. Unfortunately, the success of these programs have been nearly ignored in the new national school-to-work emphasis. TPAD should be a key focus of community colleges, as a way to provide a more cost-effective education and as part of a new definition of excellence. TPAD programs benefit students, employers, high schools, community colleges, communities, states, and the nation. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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