ERIC Number: ED436659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
"We Need To Be in It for All 9 Innings": Lessons from Employer Participation in School-to-Career in Colorado.
Hubbard, Susan; Bell, Amy; Charner, Ivan
Results of a large set of interviews and discussions conducted by the National Employer Leadership Council showed that approximately 23,000 businesspeople were involved in school-to-career partnerships in Colorado, as of January 1997. Colorado employers identified 12 lessons essential to efforts to build school-to-career systems: (1) recognize, articulate, and develop an organized response to a common need; (2) utilize a common framework to gather and organize information; (3) focus on initial partnership development; (4) involve all stakeholders from the outset; (5) recognize and give consideration to organizational and cultural differences; (6) prioritize areas of emphasis and make strategic use of resources; (7) incorporate flexibility to allow local resources and needs to shape partnerships' components; (8) emphasize the importance of coordinating strategies; (9) use data to inform progress and guide strategies; (10) recognize the value of external support; (11) recognize the value of internal support; and (12) work to institutionalize school-to-career efforts in order to build a sustainable system. Colorado employers also identified barriers to further progress. Among the items requested by employers were the following: access to high-quality information; improved coordination around teacher preparation; clearer definition of roles; and assistance from the national level to align existing systems and programs with an eye toward sustainability. (MN)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, National Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations, Partnerships in Education, Program Implementation, Resource Materials, School Business Relationship, Statewide Planning, Sustainable Development, Systems Approach, Technical Assistance, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Employer Leadership Council, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC. National Inst. for Work and Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado