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Strong Public Support for Career Preparation

Most Americans (66 percent) think schools should prepare students for careers as well as offer a strong academic foundation, according to a nationwide survey conducted by American Viewpoint, Inc. for WQED-Pittsburgh.

Support for career preparation in school increases to 71 percent among parents of children under 18 and to 76 percent among working women.

Of the survey's 1,000 respondents, 84 percent said career preparation should begin before or during high school, and 49 percent said it should begin before high school.

And 73 percent of respondents said business should play a larger role in the education system.

The public television station WQED-Pittsburgh produced Special Jobs: The Class of 2000 in conjunction with the survey. Although some PBS stations aired the feature in September, others planned to show it later (check with your local station).

Video copies of the program are available from the National School-to-Work Office's Learning and Information Center (800-251-7236) and WQED, 4802 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (800-876-1316). …

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