ERIC Number: ED412352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Goodwill Industries. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1997 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
The school-to-work program conducted by Goodwill Industries in Denver (Colorado), a collaborative effort between the public and private sector, serves 1,300 students aged 14-22 who are at risk and/or have learning disabilities. The project has both classroom-based and community-based components. In the classroom-based component, classroom facilitators, licensed by the State of Colorado, provide vocational assessment and job skills training and develop the following additional skills crucial to workplace success: goal setting, development of interpersonal relationships, money management, and accessing community resources. In the community-based component, employers and mentors come into the classroom to discuss job and career options, develop job leads, stage mock interviews, create job site visits and shadowing opportunities, and provide encouragement and guidance to students. The program includes the exemplary school-to-work components of career exploration and job-seeking skills, job shadowing, and mentorships. Program success results from these factors: staff members are committed and trained to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and support to obtain permanent employment; has a consistent and flexible curriculum; emphasis is placed on the success of students; focus is on the individual student; and the mentoring component enhances the involvement of community and business leaders in helping students explore career development. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Development, Career Education, Community Resources, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Employment Potential, High Risk Students, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Learning Disabilities, Mentors, School Business Relationship, School Community Programs, Secondary Education, 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.