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Initiatives to improve vocational education--such as tech prep, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act (STWOA), and Goals 2000: Educate America Act--are full of promise. Case studies prepared by the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America illustrate the potential of these initiatives. Massachusetts and Wisconsin are two recipients of federal STWOA implementation grants. Maryland and Pennsylvania have strong programs in tech prep and apprenticeship. Oklahoma's Craftsmanship 2000 (C-2000) program has become a model school to work transition program. STWOA is divided into three main parts: school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities. What education reform means for Massachusetts is more funding to design new programs. Administration, faculty, and students at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School are designing a tech prep program. In Maryland, state tech prep grants are allowing schools such as the Carroll County Career and Technology Center to design their own plans. At Lebanon County Career and Technology Center, Pennsylvania, a pilot school-to-work transition program includes academic teachers, employers, and college scholarship funds. A pilot youth apprenticeship program at L.P. Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, falls under STWOA. The C-2000 machining program at the South East Campus of Tulsa Technology Center, Oklahoma, is a model for programs that receive grant money under STWOA. (YLB)

Descriptors: Academic Education, Apprenticeships, Articulation (Education), Case Studies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Integrated Curriculum, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education

Autor: Holdsworth, Tom; Schreiber, Ann


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