ERIC Number: ED407519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Engaging Employers in School-to-Work Systems. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
This bulletin focuses on the benefits of engaging employers in school-to-work systems. It begins with a rationale for convincing employers that they must play a more active role in partnerships with schools and communities. The next section highlights strategies that school-to-work practitioners have successfully used to build employer involvement in school-to-work systems. The strategies include the following: articulate the benefits of school-to-work to employers; build a national leadership and support structure; provide a range of opportunities for involvement; target key employers and industries; foster employer ownership; address employers' concerns about liability issues; and build local networks of employers. Three examples of effective practices are then provided: the Kalamazoo Valley (Michigan) Consortium Education for Employment Program; the Monroe County (New York) Educational Outcomes Project in which Eastman Kodak has been working with the county to develop work-based educational outcomes for the school-to-work initiative; and the Maryland school-to-work employer incentive fund. Contacts and addresses for these effective practices are provided. The bulletin concludes with a listing of seven organizations that can provide further information on the topic. Brief summaries describe the organizations' focus and activities. Eleven resource publications are also listed. (YLB)
Descriptors: Corporate Support, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Job Skills, Networks, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.