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July, 2014: Great new video on Student Internships at The Met
July, 2014: Science on the job: Teachers learn from tech firms, by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press, July 26, 2014

July, 2014 -- No reform in education has accomplished as much and received as little recognition as School-to-Career (STC). Launched by the Federal Government in 1994, STC enhanced the high school experience for millions of young people and brought about about more positive business involvement with schools and with young people than any education reform in U.S. History. The federal law sunset in 2002 and few states took up the torch. Many of the STC partnerships and intermediary organizations have now lapsed. Great educators and business leaders across the country, however, have worked to sustain this important reform. In many cases they "re-invented" STC as a key component of high school reform. Today's Linked Learning movement in California is a great example of this re-invention, as are the practices of the Deeper Learning school networks.

Research

Accomplishments of STC--The Research
STC has led to increased college-going rates, retention rates, and other indicators of post-secondary success, according to longitudinal research to date.

NSTWO Web Site Archive

National School-to-Work Office (NSTWO) Web Site Archive
Thanks to the Wayback Machine, a service from the Internet Archive and Alexa Internet, the outstanding web site developed by the National School-to-Work Office (NSTWO) is now archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20011127035903/http://www.stw.ed.gov/. The Wayback Machine allows people to access and use archived versions of stored websites.

Best Intermediary Organizations

The Boston Private Industry Council
The Boston Private Industry Council is a nonprofit workforce intermediary that builds connections between employers, labor, schools, training providers, and public agencies. We bring these groups together to help employers find and train workers, to help young people prepare for success, and to help adults locate appropriate training and job opportunities.

The Bay Area School-to-Career Action Network (Internet Archive)

The Bay Area School-to-Career Action Network (1997-2004) brings together regional and statewide business, labor, education, and local School-to-Career partnership organizations. This powerful coalition works to provide students with powerful learning--in and out of school--that better prepares them for success in college, careers and life.

The Intermediary Network
Launched in 1999, a national network of school-to-work intermediaries serves as a voice for intermediaries throughout the country.

CalSCAN (Internet Archive)
CALSCAN (2001-2004) is a coalition of organizations across California dedicated to the success of school-to-career efforts. It is a "grassroots" organization that is the result of team work and leveraging of resources across organizations.

Marin County School to Career Partnership
Marin County STC Partnership is one of the longest running partnerships in the nation and their website contains valuable resources for others. See especially the forms section.

Return-on-Investment

NELC ROI study "Intuitions Confirmed...The Bottom Line
Return on School-to-Work Investment for Students and Employers
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Autodesk Case Study
This case study originally appeared in a report published in 1997 by the American Society for Training and Development, in collaboration with the National Employer Leadership Council (NELC). The report, entitled Learning and Earning: An Employer's Look at School-to-Work Investments (coauthored by Lauri J. Bassi, Theresa Feeley, John Hillmyer, and Jens Ludwig), was based on data gathered by field researchers working with eight U.S. employers offering student internships, apprenticeship programs, or paid part-time employment. Along with Autodesk, Inc., these firms included BellSouth, Charles Schwab, Crown Auto World, Eastman Kodak, McDonald's, Siemens, and Sutter Health.

The report was subsequently published by the NELC with the assistance of the National Alliance for Business and the National School-to-Work Office under the title Intuitions Confirmed: The Bottom-Line Return on School-to-Work Investment for Students and Employers.

For more information on NELC, now disbanded, visit http://web.archive.org/web/20040128065551/http://nelc.org/.

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