ERIC Number: ED426278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Certificate of Employability. A Rochester, New York, Case Study--Year 2.
Brown, LoWan S.
A benchmark program of the Rochester City School District's School-to-Work Transition Initiative created the Certificate of Employability (COE), a supplement to the high school diploma. It verified what students knew through assessment of their academic, citizenship, and attendance records and applied learning skills. In Year 1 (1996-97), the pilot began in three high schools as an option for 12th-grade students. Responsibility of acquiring the COE rested on the student who put together a portfolio. Students were required to present and defend their portfolios showing evidence of skills standards and rated on content and ability to prove achievement of applied learning competencies. At graduation, 54 COEs were awarded. Students reported the COE challenged them, increased ability to be focused, and proved they were competent to obtain employment. In Year 2, more students, educators, and businesses were added. All 9 high schools were included; students in grades 9-12 were eligible. Of about 200 participating seniors, 142 received COEs at graduation. Students felt the COE was valuable and the process allowed them to take pride in their accomplishments. Additional employee sponsors were added for a total of 43. Follow-up of 1996-97 graduates showed that 23 of 54 COE students were employed and 36 were enrolled in postsecondary education. Year 3 activities were to address validation of the COE, staff development, resource allocation/process improvement, and employer sponsorship and involvement. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rochester City School District, NY.