This report analyzes local Tech Prep programs in terms of their goals, outcomes, state of implementation, and, in particular, their connections to school-to-work programs. Some evidence, such as the expansion of work-based learning and of business/education connections, indicates effective partnerships between Tech Prep and school-to-work. The 1994 predecessor to this report, MDS-714, noted promising trends in the progress of Tech Prep, such as well-established articulation agreements and high levels of support for the approach. These trends are still active; however, there are lingering challenges. The most important challenges appear to be extending Tech Prep to the postsecondary level; a lack of clarity about Tech Prep's fundamental purpose; and inadequate instructor preparation to integrate academic and vocational curriculum. This report, which includes local coordinator recommendations for state and federal policy, will bring educators up-to-date on the progress of Tech Prep implementation.
MDS-1078 / January 1998
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