ERIC Number: ED412350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Career Immersion. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1997 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
The Career Immersion program, which has been conducted since 1989-90 at Silver Spring Elementary School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, introduces the world of work to students at an early age. The program's primary activities involve hands-on, school-based learning in which all students participate. Students between the ages of 3 and 13 participate in 2 program components--classroom business and in-school employment--and are guided by business and community partners. Each classroom is an independently operated business, such as a school supply business or a candy business. Through their experience of working in the businesses, students develop a greater awareness of the connection between education and work while learning beyond the regular curriculum. In-school employment provides great learning opportunities by encouraging responsibility and development of a high-quality work ethic while performing unpaid, in-school jobs such as art helper, cadet, and peer mediator. Business and community partners serve as liaisons in each of the classrooms, sharing their business expertise and assisting teachers as mentors, teachers, and business advisors. The program is successful for the following reasons: all students participate; it was initiated by staff; it is affordable; it has a unique approach to addressing school-to-work issues for elementary students; and it uses multiple teaching and learning strategies with career discovery as its theme. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Exploration, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Employment Potential, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Learning Activities, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.