ERIC Number: ED430122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-10
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado's School-to-Career Program. Issue Brief Number 98-8.
Under the federal School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994, Colorado has created a system of partnerships linking employers and public schools. The state's School-to-Career Partnership started in October 1995 with a 5-year, $24 million grant. Grant funds are distributed by the state to local partnerships of education, business and industry, and community organizations. By August 1998, 81 local partnerships had been formed throughout the state, encompassing approximately 20,000 employers and 130 school districts (involving 89 percent of Colorado public school students). Levels of participation by businesses range from career talks and job shadowing to mentoring, internships, or full apprenticeship. The program also includes active participation by postsecondary institutions. The Colorado General Assembly passed a law in 1997 creating a 10 percent tax credit for investment in a School-to-Career program. Four goals appear to be paramount for School-to-Career partnerships to be successful: (1) support for local partnerships must be created in order to continue the partnerships after the federal funding ends; (2) businesses, parents, educators, and community organizations must be continually educated about the program; (3) increasing the participation of businesses is the key to School-to-Career's future; and (4) follow-up research must be conducted in order to determine what works best in the program. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994