ERIC Number: ED407532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Career Pathways in School-to-Work Systems. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Many students in today's high schools choose courses and work experiences in an unplanned, aimless manner that often results in limited career options and undeveloped potential. Innovative educators across the nation have responded by restructuring schools around career pathways, which are integrated, multiyear sequences of career guidance, courseware, and work-based learning experiences that enable students to explore a variety of career choices and provide a context for learning. Schools organized around career pathways allow students to use their experiences in the classroom and the workplace to decide on a career and understand the experience, skills, and education/training required to be successful in the workplace. Restructuring schools to make career pathways available to all students requires strategies that address the following issues: defining career pathways; career guidance and planning; curriculum integration; academic and occupational standards; assessment; time/scheduling; links to postsecondary institutions; links to employers; and connecting activities. The career pathways programs of Central Valley High School in Veradale, Washington, and Roosevelt Renaissance High School in Portland, Oregon, are two examples of effective practices in grafting career pathways into school-to-work systems. (Contains 5 references and an annotated list of eight resource organizations to contact for further assistance and a list of five publications.) (MN)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Career Education, Career Guidance, Career Ladders, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, High Schools, Program Development, Program Implementation, Systems Approach, Work Experience 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.