career preparation program.
Employers are dissatisfied with the preparation of entry level workers. The employers
feel the expand and improve the career preparation offered by our nation?s
secondary schools are a must.
WHAT IS WORKING
The 1994 National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE) shows that
participation in Vocational Education can have substantial payoffs for students,
particularly when students complete a program or coherent sequences of courses.
High school graduates who complete a coherent sequence of vocational courses are more
unemployed over time than those with a more general background. Post secondary
students who complete non-baccalaureate degree vocational programs receive more
complete a degree program. In recent years, Federal support has strengthened state and
local development of promising new approaches that address the readiness of
The School-to-Work Opportunities Act broadens the meaning of curriculum by calling
for integrated learning organized into coherent sequences around broadly converged
career majors, work experience, as well as academics and occupational study. School-to-
work systems is driven by the recognition that neither academics not occupational
education alone provides all students with the skills ? problem-solving, reasoning,
interactive learning-necessary for further education and for high wage employment.
Integrated learning also restores meaning and relevance to the student?s experience of
into a meaningfully integrated, experientially grounded education that continually
demonstrates to students how education applied to real life. Integrated learning is also a
The development of integrated curriculum requires collaborative planning among
School-to-Work partnership meetings also provide opportunities for building these
while also preparing them for employment and post secondary education. Many states
across the nation are undertaking these promising directions as the cornerstone for major
reforms to improve workforce preparation in secondary and post secondary education.
Vocational Education, http://www.ed.gov/updates/Working/voc-educ. 9/5/97
Curriculum Integration in School-to-Work Systems, http://www.stw.ed.gov/factsht/bull,