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Tech Prep Foundation

Student Support Activities

Module 11:

Transitions to Postsecondary Education and to Workplaces

Transitioning of Tech Prep Students to Postsecondary Education

A system should be in place to:

  • Identify/report students at the high school level through their transition to further education or work.

  • Help students with the transition from high school to the postsecondary level.

Trends Influencing Transition

  • Economic growth

  • Changes in teaching and learning

  • Increasing diversity of citizens

  • Higher academic standards

  • Increased demands for accountability

HS to College Transition

  • 95% HS seniors expect to go to college

  • 70% HS seniors expect a Bachelor’s

  • 66% HS seniors enroll within 1 year

  • Most parents want college for their kids

  • More businesses demand higher skilled workers/college-level competencies

Illinois’ P-16 Goals

  • Clarify, focus and align policies

  • Promote awareness of the need for increased educational attainment

  • Leverage new and reallocate old resources

  • Communicate consistently across levels

  • Hold all partners accountable

P-16 Partnership for Educational Excellence

Existing System




(4-Year College)

13-14 (Two-Year College)

P-12 Education

P-16 Transition




(4-Year College)

13-14 (Two-Year College)

P-12 Education

Community College and Beyond Study

  • Describe local Tech Prep/STW systems.

  • Compare the post-high school educational and economic outcomes of participants and non-participants.

  • Provide in-depth understanding of how students transition from high school to college and/or work.

Site Selection CriteriaCommunity College and Beyond Study

  • Mature TP sites; STW evolution

  • Representative of approach endorsed by state

  • Intent to use TP & STW as vehicle to improve

  • Variability in TP/STW approach and resources

  • Evaluation processes already begun

  • Urban, suburban, & rural locations

TP/STW SitesCommunity College and Beyond Study

  • Illinois

  • New York

  • Florida

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oregon

  • Texas

  • California

MethodsCommunity College and Beyond Study

  • Self-assessment (milestone activity)

  • Case study (visits, interviews)

  • Student follow-up survey

  • Student record/transcript analysis

  • In-depth student interviews

Transition LessonsCommunity College and Beyond Study

  • Shared leadership

  • Articulation opportunities

  • Core curriculum

  • Innovative instruction

  • Guidance

  • Focus on students

  • Professional development

  • Evaluation/assessment

Shared Leadership

Transition for “all students” (P-16)

Mutual goals/policies

Active role for key stakeholders

Long-term partners

Shared accountability

Articulation Opportunities

Formal agreements (dual credit/AP)

Faculty-driven process


Clear communications

Incentives and rewards

Community College and Beyond Study

Core Curriculum

Exceed minimum standards

Challenge all learners

Make education progressive, not terminal

Provide experiential learning (in and out of school)

Innovative Instruction

Integrate curriculum

Use contextual learning

Team faculty and students

Create learning communities

Assess continually

Community College and Beyond Study


Build new understanding

Involve guidance personnel in leadership roles

Create long-term plans for students

Make guidance everyone’s job

Focus on students

Recruit and support diverse learners

Encourage mentoring (by peers & faculty)

Develop student leadership groups

Reward active learning

Provide scholarships

Community College and Beyond Study

Professional Development

Provide joint activities

Focus on curriculum integration

Involve business partners

Link learning to systemic reform

Reward application, successes


Set clear goals/outcomes

Assess major milestones

Link evaluation to improvement

Make evaluation routine, on-going

Link assessment to learning

Community College and Beyond Study

Postsecondary & Workplace Transition

  • Process to identify HS Tech Prep students

  • Process to transfer student ID info to community college

  • Articulated curriculum

  • Community college orientation

  • Worksite orientation (Worksite Training for Mentors/Trainers)

  • Transition services

  • Student placement & follow-up

10 Ways to Insure Success

  • Devote adequate resources/funding

  • Set meaningful goals

  • Gain leadership commitment

  • Support secondary-to-postsecondary collaborations

  • Intertwine professional development with curriculum development

10 Ways to Insure Success

  • Nurture long-term partnerships

  • Engage and reward active student participation

  • Assess progress/student outcomes

  • Share accountability

  • Sustain new systems

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