ERIC Number: ED500479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Lost in Transition: Building a Better Path from School to College and Careers
Bottoms, Gene; Young, Marna
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
In 2005 and 2006, the "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the College and Career Transitions Initiative of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) facilitated a series of 15 state-level forums aimed at identifying ways to foster collaboration between secondary and postsecondary education systems and build successful transitions from high school to college and careers. As a result of these discussions among nearly 500 educators and policymakers, it became clear that states need to develop and sustain a statewide, collaborative K-20 system that requires academic and technical studies be taught to college- and career-readiness standards. These systems must help students relate academic studies to a career context, connecting high school to their futures and provide new ways of learning through courses that blend academic and technical studies and create opportunities for academic and career/technical teachers to jointly plan integrated learning experiences. This report summarizes the conclusions of the 15 state forums; identifies key barriers and policy issues; and recommends a series of state actions to ensure a new generation of knowledgeable and skilled citizens and workers are ready to pursue high-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers that can help sustain prosperity and economic growth. (Contains 47 footnotes.) [Additional support for this publication was provided by the League for Innovation in the Community College's College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) and SREB's "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") initiative.]
Descriptors: Careers, High Schools, Economic Progress, Career Planning, Transitional Programs, Education Work Relationship, Readiness, Public Policy, Educational Innovation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.