ERIC Number: ED398392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
AACE Forum. Solutions. The School-to-Work Opportunities Act.
Wickwire, Pat Nellor, Ed.
A forum focused on ways to implement the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, which requires work-based learning, school-based learning, and activities which connect the two. Participants described the act as follows: (1) a great step forward and based upon enduring principles, (2) a collaborative career education system supported by industry-education councils, and (3) a kindergarten-through-university continuum. School administration must believe in preparing students for employment. School-to-work efforts must include connections of learning to the world of work. The Act offers a good basis for making a major career choice in the future, but the requirement for selecting a career major no later than grade 11 should be modified and instead specify selecting a career for exploration. The Act requires a comprehensive program of career awareness form elementary school to secondary school to postsecondary education to employment. Flexibility is required of both employers and schools. Other suggestions are as follows: relating all education to the world of work as the logical next step; establishing collaborative relationships among teachers, counselors, and community leaders; schools, businesses, and community agencies working together in partnership; making education the key; and effective leadership nationally and locally to model working with others. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Career Education, Hermosa Beach, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994