What Is School to Work?

Every School To work Opportunities system must contain three core elements known as School-based Learning,  Work-Based Learning and Connecting Activities.  School-Based Learning is classroom instruction based on high academic and occupational skill standards.  Work-Based Learning is work experience, structured training and mentoring at job sites.  And last, Connecting Activities develop courses that intregate classroom and on-the-job instruction, match students with participation employers, train job-site mentors and build and maintain bridges between school and work.

What it will mean for young people?
When they enter a School To Work systems, America's students will see a bright light at the end of the tunnel.  Graduates will receive a high school diploma or its equivalent in addition to a recognized skills certificate.  Some will receive a certificate or diploma recognizing successful completion of one or two years of post secondary education. Others will enter a registered apprenticeship program or enroll in a college or university.  With these credentials and skills, a young person can expect not only to complete for a job in his or her field, but prosper as well.
What you can do to make it happen?

Communities that build successful School To Work systems often find that the best way to begin is to identify and study a successful model.  Information on some promising models is available from the federal regional office nearest you.   In the meantime, here are some of the ideas to help you get started.

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