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ERIC Number: ED369852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
School-To-Work: Opportunity or Barrier? ASPIRA Issue Brief.
Mireles, Christina; Ramirez, Elizabeth Weiser
This report examines the issues associated with school-to-work programs being developed in the U.S. and provides recommendations designed to facilitate the process of developing a national school-to-work initiative. It stresses the nation's increasing need for better-educated workers but notes the low rate (less than 50 percent) of high school graduates who pursue a postsecondary education, and even lower rate (25 percent) of those attaining a 4-year degree, with Latinos experiencing the lowest educational levels in the country. School-to-work initiatives are viewed as a possible answer to the dilemma, but neither educators nor business people have been very effective at developing a model of one. Concerns about the school-to-work model revolve around the following areas: (1) too much emphasis being placed on the vocational aspect of the program; (2) too little flexibility for changes in occupational focus without harming academic progress; (3) the potential for displacement of current workers; (4) problems with access to the program, particularly for Latinos; (5) the existence of discriminatory hiring practices against school-to-work graduates; and (6) a lack of employment opportunities. Descriptions of five promising school-to-work models are provided. (Contains 12 references.) (GLR)
ASPIRA, Association, Inc., National Office, 1112 16th Street, N.W., Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036 (first copy free; additional copies, $0.50 each).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
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