ERIC Number: ED407529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
School-to-Work and Workforce Development. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Work force development systems have three primary subsystems: youth development and preparation for employment, adult work force entry, and worker retraining and transition assistance. Programs targeting youth pose one of the greatest challenges to those striving to develop or improve work force development systems. School-to-work will not significantly improve career opportunities unless it is viewed as an effort to combine, improve, and expand existing programs and initiatives to meet the needs of young people in a more integrated and comprehensive manner. The following are key strategies for linking school-to-work with other education and training initiatives to form a comprehensive system providing all youths with pathways to successful careers: establish human resource investment councils; build community-wide collaboration; use existing initiatives and resources to serve at-risk and out-of-school youth; develop occupational skill standards and certifications; and improve labor market information systems. North Carolina's JobReady school-to-work and one-stop career centers initiatives and San Diego's school-to-work initiative, which is integrated with the Job Training Partnership Act summer youth employment and training programs, contain examples of effective practices in the area of linking school-to-work and work force development. (Contains an annotated list of seven resource organizations to contact for further assistance and seven references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Strategies, Entry Workers, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Retraining, Secondary Education, Systems Approach, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
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.