ERIC Number: ED411394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Industry and Education Need To Establish a School-to-Work Infrastructure That Works. AACE Bonus Brief.
Clark, Donald M.
The attempts of the employment community and education to develop the local school-to-work (STW) systems required by the 1994 School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA) have generally failed to result in effective collaboration in the design and implementation of comprehensive STW systems. The first installment of a 5-year study of the STWOA found little evidence that STW partnerships, as they are currently constituted, will be a viable collaborative infrastructure for a comprehensive STW system over the long term. The individuals involved in drafting the STWOA should have paid more attention to the literature on the role of local industry-education councils/alliances in fostering school improvement and work force preparation during the past 30 years. That literature clearly demonstrates two things: the ineffectiveness of local work-education councils and the effectiveness of the Industry-Education Council model, which has been used extensively in planning and implementing career education during the past 3 decades. Individuals and groups involved in state and local STW initiatives must move beyond STW partnerships. They must do more to involve employers in STW, and they should begin accessing information and training from practitioners who have actually been involved in successful industry-education collaboration. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Career Education, Hermosa Beach, CA.