ERIC Number: ED392926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
The Development and Implementation of a School-to-Work Apprenticeship Model at a Technical Career Center.
Kraft, James A.
A business and education partnership model addressed a shortage of local, qualified, entry-level, technically skilled workers through a school-to-work apprenticeship program at the North Montco Technical Career Center in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. The research-based solution plan of the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program (PYAP) included three components. First, four committees were formed to plan and facilitate the model: stakeholders, marketing, recruitment, and mentor workplace committees. Second, a school-to-work coordinator and appropriate academic teachers were hired. Third, an industry-based, academic and technical skill curriculum was developed and implemented. Members of the business community, sending school staff, and career center staff were actively involved in the formation and implementation of this model. A comparative analysis of traditional program students and PYAP students indicated that the 1994 placement rate of PYAP graduates either employed in a field related to their training or furthering their education was increased by 40 percent over the traditional program graduate rate of 60 percent. The 1994-95 first-semester school absence average of 2 days for PYAP students was 187 percent less than the average 5.7 days for traditional program students. The 1993-94 through 1994-95 PYAP enrollment increased 425 percent compared to the traditional program enrollment increase of 25 percent. (Appendixes include tables, forms, and publicity materials. Contains 100 references.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Major applied doctoral research project report, Nova Southeastern University.