ERIC Number: ED453366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Capital Area Education and Careers Partnership School-to-Career Grant: An Assessment of Early Accomplishments, Constraints and Prospects.
O'Shea, Daniel P.; King, Christopher T.
The activities and services delivered under the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 by the Capital Area Education and Careers Partnership in Austin, Texas, during 1998 and 1999 were evaluated by an independent evaluator, using interviews with 24 persons involved in the project, site visits, and document analysis. The evaluation found that during its first 2 years of operation, the Partnership: (1) consistently progressed toward the attainment of annual objectives in each of its four major program areas (Career Awareness, School-Based Activities, Work-Based Activities, and Connecting Activities); (2) delivered goods and services directly to schools, expanding their interest in School-to-Career (STC); and (3) directly accomplished or contributed to the advancement of School-to-Career objectives in Travis County (Texas) by promoting regional, systemic, collaborative, and continuous improvement approaches throughout the STC initiative. The evaluation also reported the Partnership continues to face constraints beyond its control in implementing its STC initiative. It was recommended that in the third program year, the Partnership should: develop strategic approaches for building and maintaining the commitment of collaborators; broaden the concept of STC and advance systemic practices throughout the regional project; advance the sustainability of STC activities by developing new sources of funds; examine methods for engaging and retaining students and teachers in high tech career concentrations; and develop accountability. (Interview guide is included). (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Awareness, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Institutional Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technology Education, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, 3001 Lake Austin Blvd., Suite 3.200, Austin, Texas 78703-4204 ($3). Tel: 512-471-7891; Fax: 512-471-0585; Web site: http://www.utexas.edu/research/cshr/index.html. For full text: http://www.utexas.edu/research/cshr/pubs/CAECfullrept.pdf. For full text: http://www.utexas.edu/research/cshr/pubs/CAECP.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994