ERIC Number: ED405021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Community College Innovations in Workforce Preparation: Curriculum Integration and Tech-Prep.
Grubb, W. Norton; And Others
Focusing on innovations in workforce preparation and emerging practices in community colleges, this report examines tech prep programs and efforts to integrate academic and vocational education. Following an executive summary and introduction, section 1 outlines federal initiatives and other sources of support for innovation in workforce preparation. Section 2 discusses efforts in integrating academic and occupational education to enhance student achievement, focusing on combining academic and vocational content in individual courses; combining academic and occupational perspectives in multidisciplinary courses; the use of tandem courses, clusters, learning communities, and capstone courses that require students to plan and execute a project; basic skills and English-as-a-Second-Language courses in occupational contexts; and the costs and benefits of curriculum integration. Section 3 describes the community college role in curriculum integration and tech prep, examining community college activities in tech prep programs, factors limiting change in the colleges, emerging tech prep models, and successes of tech prep programs related to increased collaboration and student completion rates. The final section summarizes the benefits of these innovations and reviews the need for institutionalized support for the further development of curriculum integration and tech prep programs. Contains 41 references. (TGI)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Instructional Innovation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Labor Force Development, Learning Strategies, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Tech Prep, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
League Publications, 26522 La Alameda, Suite 370, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 ($10).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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.; National Council for Occupational Education, Inc., Wausau, WI.; League for Innovation in the Community Coll.