In the midst of the economic recession, finding employment for many has been difficult for many Americans, especially young adults (ages 16-24). Today, many businesses seek highly skilled candidates for their job positions. In order to keep up with these demands, many states have created school-to-work initiatives and programs that have incorporate academic curriculum with workforce training.
The State of Georgia has been a trailblazer in the incorporation of classroom learning and vocational training. Not only has the state provided workforce training, but also they have established ready-to-work programs, BRIDGE programs, and even inmate transition initiatives. Governor ...view middle of the document...
* The objective of this assessment is to compare and contrast the workforce initiatives of the states of Mississippi and Georgia. After the assessment, propositions will be presented that will suggest how the state of Mississippi can improve and strengthen the core of their programs and initiatives.
Many employers have found in recent years that young adults who apply for positions within their company are simply not qualified and lack basic work skills sufficient to survive in the work force. However, the recent changes in government resources and assistance, such as increased Federal stimulus money and the Workforce Investment Act, have provided career development and preparation opportunities for young adults and teenagers who are between the ages of 16 and 24. The Workforce Investment Act has added over $1 billion in order to help prepare students and young adults for the workforce, training them with proper education and occupational skills for countless available vocational skills.
Although a significant majority of teenagers transition from school to the workforce without breaking a sweat, many find the adjustment to be quite challenging. Moreover, a substantial number of teens are disconnected from school and employment altogether. From the rigors of choosing whether or not college is in your future, to exploring alternative options, several questions evade a cloud of uncertainty regarding that transition between school and work. According to a February 2008 report released by the America’s Promise Initiative, roughly 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year (Carleton, 2008).
As of 2010, Georgia as well as Mississippi has had an increase in unemployment in the past decade (Georgia +6.1, Mississippi +4.7). The two states also have a high dropout rate. These factors help create new school-to-work programs and initiatives.
School To Work is not intended to be a program, but rather a strategic and philosophical. The initiatives are designed to integrate educators, businesses, and communities for the purpose of giving individuals the opportunity to gain the information and skills they need to be successful to move from one level and type of education to another, and from success in education to success in a career. The partnership functions to bring together the many voices that are interested in education and/or careers.
School-to-Work programs nationwide target to embrace the fundamentals of learning and working in one lesson plan. These actions allow learners to obtain new skills that could be transferred into the workplace environment. Many of these programs begin in high school, mainly in the eleventh grade. According to Gordon (2003), students learn most effective skills in the context in which they will use those skills. STW programs benefit the community, businesses, teachers, and most of all, the participants.
Mississippi STW Programs