ERIC Number: ED421643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
The Role of Community Partnerships in School-to-Work Programs.
Centerfocus, n20 Aug 1998
Community partnerships can increase the effectiveness of school-to-work programs. By working together, each partner organization can work smarter, share important information, build a collective set of resources, and keep its focus on its clients, the youth. Another issue pertaining to the creation of partnerships is change and why businesses would be willing to partner with schools. In terms of readiness for change, urgency about change, and accountability structures that make change essential, businesspeople are more prepared to try something new than is the public sector. Communities are reluctant to create partnerships if leaders do not understand all that a partnership can accomplish and do not believe the effort will be well spent. Elements essential to creation and operation of an effective partnership are as follows: everyone relevant to the problem must come to the table; participants must accept partnerships are essential to effective service delivery, feel a sense of urgency, have a shared vision of the desired outcomes, understand what the term collaboration means, talk about their responsibilities and authority in their own organizations, identify their self interest, consider partnership activities part of their job, and accept that they cannot accomplish the goals of the partnership alone. The work of a partnership includes: establishing contracts with its members, sharing information that enhances the members' individual work, and building systems. Facilitation of partnerships requires an "honest broker," flexibility, and staff commitment. (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Corporate Support, Education Work Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.