ERIC Number: ED398412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Indigenous School-to-Work Programs: Lessons from Cincinnati's Co-op Education.
Villeneuve, Jennifer Curry; Grubb, W. Norton
The structure and perceived benefits of the cooperative education programs offered by two-year colleges in Cincinnati, Ohio, were examined in a study in which 66 representatives of 54 area firms and 25 individuals from 7 community colleges were interviewed in 1993. Cincinnati's co-op programs were found to vary significantly in their structure. Some programs alternated 10-week periods of schooling with similar periods of work, whereas others offered schooling in the morning followed by work in the afternoon. In some colleges, administration of co-op programs was decentralized. Although the benefits of co-op programs could not be quantified, the educators and employers interviewed were virtually unanimous in their support for co-op education's benefits for students, employers, and relationships between colleges and employers. Despite the nearly unanimous support, several problems with the program were identified: problems in recruiting enough co-op placements and the substantial differences between the training opportunities offered at firms where employers viewed co-op as a way of "growing their own employees" and those at firms where employers used co-op primarily as a source of short-term, well-trained labor and kept students in a single position. (Thirty-three references are listed. Appended are the employer and education provider interview guides.) (MN)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Practices, Employer Attitudes, Questionnaires, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes, Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
NCRVE Materials Distribution Service, Western Illinois University, 46 Horrabin Hall, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-702,
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cincinnati)