Linking College and Work: Exemplary Policies and Practices of Two-Year College Work-Based Learning Programs

Linking College and Work: Exemplary Policies and Practices of Two-Year College Work-Based Learning Programs

Apr 1996

Authors:

Debra D. Bragg
University of Illinois

Russell E. Hamm
Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO

Executive Summary:

Two-year colleges in the United States have a long history of providing work-based learning, especially in association with occupational-technical education. Recently, the nation has placed greater priority on strengthening school-to-work transition programs involving work-based learning by linking secondary and postsecondary curriculum. The federal School-to-Work Opportunities (STWO) Act has stimulated increased activity in the form of local- and state-level work-based learning policy and program implementation. Given this trend, it is important to examine existing work-based learning in the context of two-year college education. Understanding the features of highly effective programs can assist policymakers, practitioners, and scholars in the development of new work-based learning policies, practices, and programs.

This study was conducted over a two-year time period from January 1, 1993, to December 31, 1994. The overall purpose of the study was to obtain a better understanding of existing work-based learning policies, practices, and programs in community, junior, and technical colleges in the United States. Phase One of the study, conducted in 1993, was a census survey of the nation's 1,200 two-year colleges to describe the scope and character of work-based learning programs already in existence, including the key features of what local administrators considered their best health and non-health programs. Readers interested in results of Phase One of the study are referred to Work-Based Learning in Two-Year Colleges in the United States (Bragg, Hamm, & Trinkle, 1995).

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Bragg, D. D., & Hamm, R. E. (1996, April). Linking college and work: Exemplary policies and practices of two-year college work-based learning programs. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.