ERIC Number: ED473309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
After the Sunset: Sustaining School-to-Work Intermediary Activity. School-to-Work Intermediary Project. Issue Brief.
The now defunct School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 provided start-up funding for states to establish comprehensive career development systems. Survey results of 21 intermediary organizations that used funding from the act to provide learning experiences for youth showed that the loss of federal funding affected activities in various ways, including program mix, composition of local partnerships, scale of activities, and the population served. Characteristics of organizations most successful after the funding cut-off include: (1) developed multiple funding streams, (2) are flexible and adaptable; and (3) existed prior to the federal School-to-Work legislation. Uncertain funding circumstances have caused organizations to respond with a range of strategies that serve local needs and can be sustained. These three general response models predominate: (1) coordinate a comprehensive system; (2) design and broker quality services; and (3) narrow focus to a special niche. (Eleven tables and a reading list are included. Appended is a one-page description of the Intermediary Network.) (AJ)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Career Development, Career Education, Change Strategies, Community Resources, Cooperative Programs, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Field Experience Programs, Fiscal Capacity, Fund Raising, Institutional Autonomy, Interviews, Linking Agents, Nonprofit Organizations, Organizational Change, Out of School Youth, Partnerships in Education, Program Termination, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Surveys, Vocational Education, Youth Agencies, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.jff.org/jff/PDFDocuments/Sunset.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Ways to Work, San Francisco, CA.; Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994