Date of Defense
Family and Consumer Sciences
Eileen Buckley, Career and Technical Education
Rick Zinser, Career and Technical Education
Irv Cumming, KRESA Education for Employment
Kalamazoo County has a unique school-to-work transition program called Education for Employment. As a joint effort of Kalamazoo County's eleven school district, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), and Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency (K/RESA), Education for Employment is a joint effort to provide all county students access to higher quality career-related instruction. Also a partnership between education and business, Education for Employment combines quality academic classes in school with hands-on learning and training in the workplace. Students are exposed to career options throughout the K-12 system and learn workplace know-how skills in high school courses. Students can choose from six distinct career pathways with thirty-two different programs that will provide them with the skills needed for an entry-level position in the chosen field, as well as the foundation needed to pursue advanced education. Kalamazoo County's Education for Employment helps prepare students for future employment with a motto of: "Sooner or later virtually everyone will seek employment." Through academic courses and work experience opportunities, Education for Employment assists students with career choices and gives them an opportunity to experience their choices first-hand.
Campbell, Traci Lynne, "A Case Study: Kalamazoo County Education for Employment" (1999). Honors Theses. 584.
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