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The Bottom Line-School-to-Work Pays

Magazine article Techniques

The Bottom Line-School-to-Work Pays

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For years, educators and employers have worked collaboratively to provide work-based learning for students. Now the results of school-to-work research in three major cities may prove that their efforts are paying off.

Intuitions Confirmed: The Bottom-line Return on School-to-Work Investment for Students and Employers, a report released in March by the National Employer Leadership Council (NELC), examines the performance of students in school-to-work programs in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The conclusions show positive effects for students and businesses. "Students who participate in school-to-work programs are more likely to get better grades, stay in school, go directly to college and approach life and work with a positive attitude," the report says.

Looking at the data, the assertion is tough to dispute. In Boston, a study conducted by Jobs for the Future revealed that 78 percent of students who graduated from the Pro-Tech school-to-work program between 1993 and 1995 went directly to college, compared with the national average of 62 percent. …

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