ERIC Number: ED426110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Career Program. FEEDBACK, Publication No. 97.05.
Washington, Wanda; Zyskowski, Gloria
School-to-Career describes a system of integrated school-based and work-based learning that integrates academic and occupational learning in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) (Texas). Between August 1997 and May 1998, 9,662 students were enrolled in career and technology courses in the district. During the 1997-98 school year, the AISD conducted a study of selected School-to-Work programs to gather baseline information to use to monitor program performance in the future when more formal evaluation will be undertaken. The areas chosen for review were the cooperative education program and the career counseling program. AISD personnel were also surveyed about their knowledge of the School-to-Career process. Survey responses were received from 254 AISD employees. Survey results indicate that teachers, administrators, and other professionals have a favorable impression of the career counseling program and its relationship with local businesses. When 796 graduating seniors were surveyed about their experience with the career counseling program, they indicated that they had good understanding of graduation plan options and knew how their interests and abilities related to AISD's career clusters. However, these students indicated that they did not make full use of the services and activities offered through the career counseling program. When asked about the cooperative education program, students responded positively and indicated that they felt adequately prepared to complete the work required by their jobs. (Contains seven tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.