ERIC Number: ED415442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Cross Cutting Analysis Study for At Risk Youth in Michigan's School-to-Work System.
Woloszyk, Carl A.
A cross-cutting analysis and examination of programs and services offered to at-risk students in the Michigan School-to-Work (STW) system used data from the STW Progress Measures Survey and Local Partnership Survey. Qualitative data were collected through focus group and individual interviews in seven Michigan Workforce Development Board (WDB) regions. Statewide data indicated that at-risk advocacy groups had little or no membership on many WDBs and minimal "official" decision-making authority related to STW partnership initiatives. Qualitative evidence found educational advisory groups had a somewhat greater degree of at-risk representation. Many WDB partnerships did not place a very high priority on serving needs of at-risk youth. Few staff were explicitly responsible for ensuring access for all students. Data suggested WDBs had the capacity to develop and funds to expand the STW system for serving at-risk youth at the partnership level. STW initiatives served only a limited number of the at-risk population. Strategies provided to at-risk students in several partnerships included portfolio development, vocational interest testing, career majors, job shadowing, and internships. No well-developed, systematic approach to serve at-risk youth in most partnerships existed. The developing STW system had a positive impact on at-risk youth, but the overall impact of the system was very low in relation to the need. Recommendations were made for state agencies and local STW partnerships. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Advisory Committees, Advocacy, Education Work Relationship, Educational Discrimination, High Risk Students, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Special Education, State Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan