ERIC Number: ED416755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-31
The Early Employee Selector Program.
The Early Employee Selector Program (EESP) at Peirce College (Pennsylvania) combines some features of a traditional co-op experience with a strong mentoring component. Ninety percent of the students at this urban two-year college are first generation college students. Placement at the work site occurs after one academic semester, and, unlike traditional co-op programs, students may be placed continuously with one employer in order to allow the student to assume increasing responsibilities. The student has both a workplace mentor and a college mentor to provide maximum support. The college mentor offers support for academic and personal problems, can advocate for the student, and serve as a role model. Students are also involved in focus groups, field trips, and serve as peer mentors themselves. Career development and employment issues are discussed on an ongoing basis. Evaluation showed that the EESP program has a positive impact on students. Students who are provided with school and work experience get higher grades, stay in college and complete their course of study, and can secure employment more easily. For students completing the EESP program, 100 percent either continued their education or were placed in a job; the corresponding rate for co-op students is 85 percent. Appended is a 38-page formal evaluation of the EESP program by Claire Conway and Mary Conway. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Peirce Coll., Philadelphia, PA.