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School-to-Careers Information.

What are some good sources of information regarding school-to-careers? The Internet is an excellent resource. Most states have school-to-careers sections on their respective department of education homepages. However, for an examination of school-to-careers on a national scale, take a look at some of these sites:

<> The National School-to-Work Office is perhaps the most comprehensive site available. It is a "clearinghouse" of all information related to the transition from school to careers. It provides information on grants, additional resources, individual states' efforts in school-to-careers initiatives, links to other sites, and an opportunity to participate in a discussion list. Information is updated several times monthly.

<> The Cornell University Youth and Work Program contains program and research tools for work-based learning that browsers can download and adapt for their specific use. There is also a bulletin board for posting questions.

<> This website for the Center on Education and Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison contains information on career development, education and learning in the workplace, curriculum, assessment and continuous improvement. The center's mission is to engage youth and adults in learning and career development experiences that lead to meaningful and productive careers

<> The mission of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) is to strengthen education to prepare all individuals for lasting and rewarding employment and lifelong learning. NCRVE is the nation's largest center for research, development, dissemination, and outreach in work-related education. At their website readers will find full text of research studies related to school-to-careers, abstracts of other studies, an "Ask NCRVE" section where readers can e-mail questions, and sign up for a listserv on School-to-Careers topics.

<> The ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education located at Ohio State University has a searchable database of articles on school-to-career topics. There are numerous articles available for download, along with links to other ERIC educational clearinghouses and various electronic journals.

<> The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science provides information related to integrating women into nontraditional careers. The organization supplies technical assistance and publications for educational institutions and employers, with the goal of increasing the number of women in trade, technology, and science careers in which they are underrepresented.

<> Career InfoNet, part of America's Job Bank, provides a wealth of information on occupations and related economic data. The site includes information on the fastest-growing jobs, those with the most openings, those with the highest wages, and those jobs that are in decline. There is a State Profile Search, where each state can be analyzed for career, labor market, and educational information. There are also several other resource documents related to careers and employment available on the site.

These sites are on the cutting edge of the school-to-careers initiative and should provide a wealth of information, quite possibly more than the reader can digest. So, log on and go exploring!

Chris Zirkle, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the School of Technology, Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. E-mail: <>.
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Date:Jun 22, 2000
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