ERIC Number: ED414415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Tech Prep Concept Paper.
Harkin, Gisela; Beaulieu, Marjie; Brooks, Nancy; Cossaro, Karen
Tech prep plays a pivotal role in the education reform movement and is a key educational strategy. The purpose of tech prep education is to prepare an academically and technically competent work force. It is a curricular and instructional strategy for all students that leads to competence and employability in the technical fields. In tech prep, all students are exposed to career awareness at the earliest grades, followed by career exploration and preparation in high school, to develop the skills students need to make informed decisions. All graduates of tech prep must be broadly educated with a solid foundation in math and science, specialized training, and academic preparation in a technical field. Tech prep extends beyond narrowly defined occupational clusters; it is about increasing options. Tech prep is a key strategy for building a school-to-work (STW) system and is often the crucial centerpiece of many STW systems. It promotes key STW elements: career exploration, integration of vocational and academic education, career pathways, secondary and postsecondary linkages, and staff development. Therefore, tech prep and the STW initiative complement each other. Tech prep's mission is to provide, through a commitment by secondary and postsecondary institutions as well as employers, a seamless course of study for all students, offering career options/pathways to ensure a technologically competent work force. (Contains 23 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.