ERIC Number: ED413967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
School to College Linkage--New Models That Work.
Merren, John; Hefty, Diane; Soto, Juan
In an effort to link the K-12 systems with postsecondary education, Pima Community College (PCC) developed a number of outreach programs, one of which was the Summer Career Academy. During the summer of 1997, with the support of the Pima and Santa Cruz Counties School To Work Partnership and local business and industry, PCC conducted a series of 21 Summer Career Academies for high school juniors and seniors. The academies took place on PCC campuses and met for 3 weeks, combining a three-credit PCC course with field trips, guest speakers, and other supporting activities that provided students with career exploration opportunities. Fifteen occupational areas were offered, with the highest enrollment in computer science/Internet, health care, and emergency services. The School To Work grant covered the costs of the program. The academies were very successful, as indicated by the unexpectedly high enrollment of 403 students and a completion rate of 90.8%. Students represented a total of 36 high schools, including a number of alternative schools, and stated that they enjoyed and benefited from the hands-on experience and numerous field trips. Suggestions for improvement included longer academies, better equipment/computers, and more variety, field trips, and hands-on experience. (YKH)
Descriptors: Career Academies, Career Exploration, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Corporate Support, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Summer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pima County Community Coll. District, AZ.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994