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This booklet highlights the efforts of five employers that rely on information technology (IT) workers and one "intermediary" organization connecting workplace experiences to classroom learning for secondary education students. The introduction lists the employers' and organizations' names, locations, and featured practices. The next three sections examine the IT industry; reasons why school-to-careers is an ideal strategy for addressing information technology industry skill needs; skills and certifications; and how the employer participation model works with students and teachers. These employers and intermediaries and their best practices are profiled: (1) The Kemtah Group (Albuquerque, New Mexico), which promotes school-to-careers experiences for under-represented populations; (2) The Gallup Organization (Omaha, Nebraska), which is helping students explore and understand the needs and demands of technology-driven workplaces; (3) EDS (Dallas, Texas), which gives students work-based opportunities; (4) Manpower, Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), which provides training and certification opportunities for students; (5) Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, California), which is working with teachers to make a difference through technology; and (6) Greater Louisville, Inc. (Louisville, Kentucky), which is building coalitions to connect work and learning. The following items are also included: (1) an annotated list of eight organizations and resources; (2) a glossary; and (3) a discussion of steps to build on the National Employer Leadership Council's agenda. (MN)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adjustment (to Environment), Advisory Committees, Annotated Bibliographies, Career Awareness, Career Ladders, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Communications, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software Development, Computers, Cooperative Planning, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Equal Education, Experiential Learning, Glossaries, Information Processing, Information Sources, Information Systems, Information Technology, Internet, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Needs, Linking Agents, National Organizations, National Standards, Nonprofit Organizations, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Special Needs Students, Student Certification, Technical Occupations, Vocational Education, Work Environment, Work Experience Programs, World Wide Web

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Autor: Information Technology Association of America, Arlington, VA.; National Employer Leadership Council, Washington, DC.


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