ERIC Number: ED379430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
School-to-Work Programs in Postsecondary Education.
Centerfocus, n7 Jan 1995
School-to-work programs in postsecondary education have the potential to help young people find their first full-time jobs and acquire a capacity for learning while they work. Data show cooperative education students' wages are neither higher nor lower than those of non-co-op students. However, one evaluation has found the following: co-op students see a stronger connection between their current job and expected career, report more opportunity for learning in their current jobs, express more interest in their current jobs, and see a closer connection between school and work. Apprenticeship programs at two-year colleges typically involve a three-way partnership among a corporation, relevant trade union, and the college. Training normally takes place in college facilities and is offered by college faculty. Apprentices generally work full time for a period of months and then study full time for another period of months. Most apprenticeship programs linked to two-year colleges allow trainees to earn a certificate of completion for the apprenticeship as well as an associate's degree from the college. However, the tie between employers and colleges is often too tenuous to sustain the training program. Two-year colleges should give increased attention to counseling and placement for students who plan to move directly into the labor market. Evaluation of the effects of postsecondary education and training should take into account the voluntary nature of the decision to enroll in postsecondary education. (Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Associate Degrees, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Corporate Support, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Student Certification, Two Year Colleges, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Based on ED 369 923.