ERIC Number: ED412351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Project Forward. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1997 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Project Forward, conducted at Cape Cod Community College (Massachusetts) since 1988, provides campus-based, vocational skills instruction along with work-based experience for students with disabilities. Forty-five students aged 18-40 are currently being served by the project. The majority of the students have specific learning disabilities, whereas others have mental retardation, speech impairments, and hearing impairments. Students become involved with Project Forward through transition planning prior to graduating from high school or by referral from other postsecondary programs. The project involves the following activities: students' goals are identified; career interest inventories, vocational assessments, and aptitude and learning style assessments are conducted on an ongoing basis; job-matching and cooperative work experiences are developed by the students and instructors; students, instructors, coordinators, and invited guests receive written reports and participate in individual conferences at the end of each semester; and students graduate at the end of 2 years. Exemplary school-to-work components of the project include skills assessment, cooperative work experience, and partnerships and connecting activities. The project's success rests on these factors: the college setting that gives students opportunities to connect with peers, earn credits, gain work experience, and participate in internships; professional collaboration between educators and employers; and the dedication of the professional project staff. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Education, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Employment Potential, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Note: For related documents, see CE 074 855-858.