Integrating academic, technical and work-based learning.
Leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are convinced that today's young people are interested in training for some of tomorrow's best-paying jobs. They believe students like to get paid while they learn. They think guaranteed summer jobs can help keep students in school. And they are sure that offering students the opportunity to finish school while earning an associate's degree and a certificate of occupational skills will be a winner. Craftsmanship 2000 offers all of those benefits.
Craftsmanship 2000, an apprenticeship program in metal-working, is no ordinary vocational-technical program. Extending over four years, it blends progressively higher academic standards with high-tech training to produce the kind of educated and skilled men and women the workforce of the future will require. Students in the program attend academic and technical classes eight hours daily during the school months, and work in industry throughout the summer, at companies sponsoring the program.
The program was established in 1990 by a group of Tulsa companies concerned about competitiveness and determined to develop a work-based learning approach to benefit both their companies and Tulsa youth. The effort was conceived as a partnership between industry, education, the political system, parents, and students that would address the mismatch between skill levels of recent graduates and increasing demand for higher craftmanship. The result: Craftsmanship 2000, Inc., a nonprofit corporation directed by representatives from local industry, Tulsa public schools, the Tulsa Technology Center and Tulsa Junior College, the mayor's office, and the local Chamber of Commerce.
This program is a systematic mix of academic, technical, and work-based training. Key elements of Craftsmanship 2000 are as follows:
Craftsmanship 2000 officials do not speak about what they plan to do "if" the model is successful. There is no question in their minds that it will work, and when it has demonstrated its value they intend to extend the concept to other disciplines.
For additional information:
Alnoma F. Dinger
Executive Director, Craftsmanship 2000
Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce
616 South Boston, Suite 100
Tulsa, OK 74119