ERIC Number: ED460275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A School-to-Work System for Arizona: Final Evaluation of the State and Federal Initiative.
Gau, Rebecca L.
A study explored performance of the Arizona School-to-Work (STW) system in meeting the six goals established by the state STW Division. Goal 1 was to create a self-sustaining STW system at the state and regional levels. The state developed state policies and goals and provided implementation funding to partnerships, but no continuation funding. Goal 2 was to unite training programs with STW programs. Partnerships implemented STW with some success by expanding career-related programs, but were less successful at coordinating and integrating efforts with other workforce-related organizations. There was no comprehensive effort to implement Goal 3 to identify areas where STW needed support and meet those needs. The state and partnerships addressed Goal 4, community involvement, by recruiting local businesses and industries to STW through public awareness activities, promoting initiatives to businesses at STW conferences, and securing business representation on STW governing boards. Goal 5, to increase public awareness, was achieved through media, brochures, Web sites, and public presentations. Partnerships achieved Goal 6, system evaluation, by maintaining databases to provide information for evaluating the STW system. STW had a modest positive impact on stakeholders' involvement in career-related activities; its implementation varied considerably across partnerships; lack of funding severely limited its statewide potential; and strong leadership at the state level was critical. (Appendixes include 10 references, 4 tables, and 1 figure.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Community Involvement, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Publicity, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State Aid, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 874405, Tempe, AZ 85287-4405 ($3 shipping/handling). Tel: 480-965-4525; Fax: 480-965-9219. For full text: http://www.asu.edu/copp/morrison/STWReprt.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Commerce, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994