The Opportunities for "School-to-Work": National Study of Work-Based Learning in U.S. Community Colleges

D. D. Bragg, R. E. Hamm

Fragmentation, in particular of our major institutions, characterizes modern American life. The isolation of education from business poses a particular challenge for programs such as work-based learning, which rely on collaboration. This article assesses the opportunities for school-to-work efforts by scrutinizing existing community college work-based learning programs. The authors highlight five success factors common to high-quality programs: dedicated leadership, partnership with local industry leaders, a commitment to excellence, integration within the curriculum, and adequate financial support. They conclude that community colleges can play an integral role in the nation's emerging school-to-work transition system, if provided the necessary opportunity, resources, and support.

MDS-794 / January 1996

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