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ERIC Number: ED436659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Employer Leadership Council, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC. National Inst. for Work and Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado