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Florida Puts School-to-Work in University Blueprint

Magazine article Techniques

Florida Puts School-to-Work in University Blueprint

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Never mind that Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) isn't even built yet. The Southwest Florida School-toWork Consortium invited it to join five county school districts in securing a school-to-work pathway for all the area's students, from kindergarten through college.

Since its conception in 1992, FGCU, to be located in Fort Myers, had intended to include tech prep, integrated academics and occupational studies within its curriculum. "It became clear that we should move beyond tech prep and tracking and do that for all our programs," says Terry Wimberly, dean of the university's College of Professional Studies. "It seems that as a new university opens up, it's a `no brainer' to establish a strong relationship with [the local] high school districts and businesses to track kids toward professional degrees."

Diane Christianson, the consortium's coordinator, thought exactly the same thing when she heard of plans for the university's construction. She opened discussions between the consortium and the university last winter. …

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