In the current educational discourse there have been urgent calls for the United States to develop programs to prepare students for post-secondary success and to develop in students the skills necessary for workplace success. One avenue suggested to do this more effectively is to create more robust partnerships between educational institutions and employers. In particular, President Obama’s “Blueprint for an America Built to Last” (2012) calls for “new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train and place 2 million skilled workers.” He also indicated that in order to address future workforce needs, he will “support partnerships between high schools and industry to create more career academies, which combine instruction in academic subjects and industry skills” (4). The Cristo Rey model of high school education is one variation of this model of partnership between the world of academics and the world of work.
This study is designed as a program evaluation of the Cristo Rey model of education whereby each student from a low SES family works five days a month in an entry level professional job for each year of attendance. In particular, this study seeks to examine alumni perceptions of the impact their high school corporate work-study program at one particular Cristo Rey School, Cristo Rey St. Martin, has had on their lives. In addition to alumni perceptions, this study will also gather the perceptions of workplace supervisors. The study will also look at how alumni are doing in terms of college persistence and completion. In particular, it will look at how the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 are doing in terms of post-secondary enrollment and persistence relative to national averages and relative to peer group (low SES) averages utilizing the National Student Clearinghouse database and reports. By triangulating these data points, the study seeks to answer the following question. What impact is the corporate work-study program (CWSP) having on the graduates?
|Commitee:||Gomez, Michael, Lytle, James|
|School:||University of Pennsylvania|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Career, College, Cristo Rey, Employment, Internships, Work-study|
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