Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1999

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Susan M. Madley

Second Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson

Third Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka


The School-to-Work Opportunities Act was designed to improve student learning, in-school retention, and transition to the workplace by improving the quality and relevance of education for all students. School-to-work uses experiences that integrate school-based and work-based learning and improve students' knowledge of and access to career opportunities. Administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act gives States seed money to design and implement their own comprehensive School-to-Work system. States and localities are given broad latitude in designing their own systems so long as each includes the Act's three components: Work-based learning, school-based learning, and connecting activities. The evidence on early implementation of School-to-Work is encouraging. The experience thus far indicates that more must be done to involve employers and students, define career majors, and build bridges to post-secondary education.