Date of Defense

Fall 12-7-1999


Family and Consumer Sciences

First Advisor

Eileen Buckley, Career and Technical Education

Second Advisor

Rick Zinser, Career and Technical Education

Third Advisor

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.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only