Thanks to the federal School to Work Opportunities Act, passed in May 1994, a growing number of states are receiving grants for programs that help young people make the transition from school to careers. "The money is intended to bring together what employers need and what students are learning," says J.D. Hoye, director of the National School to Work Office, in Washington, D.C. All 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have received initial funding, and 27 now have more advanced-stage implementation grants -- money that not only will go to work-based learning programs (see "Apprentices Make the Grade," [Article link]) but also will encourage schools and businesses to create curricula that help students understand the relationship between academics and work. For more information on school-to-work programs in your area, contact the National School to Work Learning and Information Center at 800-251-7236, or visit the School to Work home page on the Internet (

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