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ERIC Number: ED396147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Business and Education Transition Alliance (BETA): Opening Doors to Career Opportunities for At-Risk Youth.
Stroup, Phillip
Office of Student Services Brief, v8 n1 May 1996
The Business and Education Transition Alliance (BETA) is a model school-to-work transition program that was developed to facilitate the school-to-work transition of at-risk youth in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. Among the BETA program's specific goals are the following: increase students' knowledge/understanding of demands of the workplace; provide training in employer-identified technical and employability skills; facilitate positive attitudes toward supervisors and coworkers; link students with postsecondary opportunities (including corporate-sponsored training); and help students acquire/maintain competitive paid employment in career path jobs. The BETA program has seven stages: job and student identification, assessment, and matching; customized/individualized training development; school-based training; school-to-workplace transition; on-the-job training/work-based training; work performance evaluation; and regular employment. School districts wishing to replicate the BETA model are advised to observe the following guidelines: ensure mutual benefit for employers; obtain up-front commitment from businesses to hire program completers; mobilize a team of educators to provide employers with an orientation on employees' learning styles, disabilities, and required accommodations/supports; encourage employer-educator collaboration; and conduct continuous evaluation/quality improvement activities. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Prepared by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education's University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Site.