ERIC Number: ED401488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Opportunities Local Partnership Implementation Grant, 1994-96. Final Report. Evaluation Report.
Claus, Richard N.; And Others
The 5-year School-to-Work (STW) Opportunities project of the School District of Saginaw, Michigan, was implemented through the Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, and Automotive (MECA) partnership. Housed at the district's Saginaw Career Complex, it included collaboration among Career Complex staff and local business representatives in the planning of course and work experience content, the placement of students in actual work settings for training, and methods for assessing both student and program progress. An evaluation assessed the 1995-96 school year of MECA partnership's operation and detailed its progress against interim (3-year) goals and reiterated targets for long-term (5-year) goals. An estimated 9,200 students participated in career awareness activities; 117 seniors and 149 juniors entered the MECA program; and 838 students were placed in a work-based learning experience. The following were major barriers to success in the program: low attendance rate; low ability rate of students upon entering the program; and the time-consuming nature of promoting student and business needs. Successes were as follows: an expanding base of employers/labor; career guidance and counseling; high academic standards; development of industry sector-specific career majors; work-based learning; connecting abilities; and collaborations. (Appendixes include a progress report that correlates system component with strategies and progress to date, future work plan activities, and individual STW achievements/student results.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.