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