Welcome to the School—to—Work Department
What is School–to–Work?
School-to-work is an umbrella term referring to key transition, academic and work-based learning activities like the Employability Skills Certificate (ESC) program, the state’s Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program, transcription education agreements, Youth Entrepreneurship and other programs designed to prepare students to be as career ready as well.
School to Work is a systemic approach to introducing the philosophy of school-based, work-based, and connecting activities as early as kindergarten to expose students to potential future careers. School to Work emphasizes lifelong learning.
School to Work is funded and sponsored at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education. At the state level in Wisconsin, the departments of Workforce Development (DWD) and departments of Public Instruction (DPI) work hand and hand with CESA 3 to provide funding, but more importantly guidance and partnerships for which to offer much of the programming for free.
School to Work is part of a larger comprehensive education reform movement, which includes formulating new standards which emphasize higher order thinking skills, new standards based assessments, and transcription agreements, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school. Reformers believe that it is important and egalitarian that all students graduate career and college ready, rather than tracking students one way or the other.
Tom Martin is the change agent for everything School to Work. Please allow him to help you with presentations, curricular assistance and more importantly, just in time consultation to help your students become as career ready as possible.