ERIC Number: ED402473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Community Involvement in K-12 Career Education. ERIC Digest No. 177.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Businesses, community agencies, career educators and counselors, churches, parents, and other community members are increasingly being approached to become actively involved in K-12 career education through school-to-work, tech prep, or other related programs. Community involvement in career education can assume many forms. Businesses can collaborate with schools through tech prep programs or youth apprenticeships. Community agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce can provide students with links to community leaders and community-based experiences through adopt-a-school programs and service learning projects. School counselors, parents, and other community members can help elementary school-aged children gain career awareness, clarify their values, and adopt positive work habits and behaviors. Parents can also become involved in their children's career choice process through mentoring, work shadowing, career planning activities, and documentation of experiences in career passports. The following suggestions have been offered for involving the community in K-12 career education: involve the right players; ensure commitment; develop a shared vision; produce a formal plan; emphasize performance; focus on common ground; and maintain the partnership. (Contains 10 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.