ERIC Number: ED389941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Opportunities: Employer Survey Results 1994-95. Evaluation Report.
Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
The 1994-95 school year was the first year of the MECA (Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, Automotive) partnership implementation in the Saginaw (Michigan) Public Schools. MECA's purpose was to nurture the potential of youth while placing them in workplace environments that had not been a traditional part of applied learning in secondary and postsecondary contexts. A survey of 12 employers participating in MECA was conducted to determine how the process of program initiation was proceeding. It focused on six areas: initial contact; assistance received; training received; Career Opportunities Center (COC) responsiveness; MECA involvement; and strengths, weaknesses, and unanticipated outcomes of the program. All 12 respondents said that their company staff identified workplace mentors; 9 reported participation in mentor training; and 10 considered the assistance provided to be the best type for them as employers. All respondents reported participation in inservice activities; four indicated they were helpful. Eleven confirmed that COC staff responded quickly or in a reasonable amount of time. Eleven reported they were comfortable with their level of involvement in MECA. Respondents mentioned a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. Two strengths were mentioned more than once: students participating by choice and cooperation of school/instructors. (Appendixes include survey instruments and responses.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Auto Mechanics, Construction (Process), Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Engineering, Experiential Learning, Manufacturing, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State Programs, Student Experience, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.