ERIC Number: ED396147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Business and Education Transition Alliance (BETA): Opening Doors to Career Opportunities for At-Risk Youth.
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)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Guidelines, High Risk Students, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Development, Job Placement, Job Training, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Vocational Evaluation, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; 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: Prepared by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education's University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Site.