"An important work for policy makers and practitioners. This rich portrayal of sixteen pioneering school–to–work programs holds up a mirror to the most significant slate of federal education legislation to pass Congress in thirty years. We encourage readers to use these homegrown lessons to create dynamic learning environments, to engage large numbers of employers in job preparation, and to set a course for all students to achieve the academic and occupational capacities for productive and satisfying employment."––Gordon M. Ambach, executive director, Council for Chief State School Officers"An excellent tool for practitioners interested in creating effective programs that prepare high school students for the world of work. The book offers explicit lessons from a variety of programs on planning and implementation, strategies for growth and survival, instructional methods, and marketing programs to students."––Ramon C. Cortines, executive director, Council for Chief State School OfficersStudents who do not complete college face limited prospects in today′s increasingly complex workplace. Yet, only about one quarter of the nation′s high school graduates go on to complete a four–year degree. In response to this pressing issue, schools and businesses have started to collaborate in offering job preparation and training programs at the high school level. This book, based on a nationwide study of sixteen programs in twelve states, looks at a wide array of the most promising school–to–work efforts and offers practical insights for both educators and employers on how to make these programs more effective.
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