Home-Grown Progress

Rachel Pedraza
September 1, 1997

In 194, the School-to Work Opportunities Act ( STWOA ) challenged states and local communities to build a nationwide system of school-to-work programs that prepare students for post-secondary education and rewarding careers. The STWOA was informed by school-to-work initiatives already under way in many localities, states and other countries- initiatives that had been implemented in response to changes in the global economy and an increasing demand for high-skilled workers. The STWOA also had the effect of ratifying and reinforcing home-grown initiatives in the United States. These school-to-work bring together education professionals, community leaders, and employers, and employers committed to improving public education by creating opportunities for students to learn about careers through classroom instruction and to participate in work-based learning.