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Implementing high school dropout vocational and training program

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Many companies in the local area are relocating to bigger cities with better economic incentives for employees. The relocation of these companies is causing a rippling effect in the community. Many of the high school programs receive funding through local property taxes. With the economy in recession, the funding to the high school programs has declined significantly in the last few years. Finding and retaining good teachers with such a limited budget is difficult. The high school dropout rate within the last two years has risen from 5% to 15%. As executive director of an organization that provides educational, vocational, and training services to other community members, the high school dropout rate is unacceptable. Children are the future. Implementing a new branch within this organization for high school dropouts that will provide them with the skills necessary to gain meaningful employment will benefit not only the child, but the community as well. Young adults who drop out of high school face more challenges in life than those who graduate (Organizational Structure, 2004). According to the Allegiance for Excellence Education "Dropouts from the Class of 2008 alone will cost the nation more than $319 billion in lost wages over the course of their lifetimes" (What are the cost of dropping out of school?, para. ...read more.

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The projected number of eligible students the first year of the program is 1000. The sociological factors are the needs of the community. As stated previously the economy is in recession. The high school dropout rate is at a high and will continue to rise if the issue is not addressed. Implementing this program will allow these young adults the opportunity to gain essential employment skills. Political and professional factors ensure the program measures up to state and federal regulations. The company currently offers a similar program so policies and regulations are easily met. Technology factors involve searching out new ideas for program developments. The budget is limited to a total of $50,000 for both programs for equipment purchases. The company needs to consider new models and practices to incorporate the best possible match for this program. The six internal factors are of equal importance. A clearly defined mission and philosophy should resonate throughout the organization. Every position within the company must have the same philosophy, the same mission. Strategic goals, long term goals, and planning within the program that intertwines with the development of the company without losing sight of the mission is essential. ...read more.

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Organizational structure is a system of relationships within the company that clearly and precisely aim to reduce error, increase communication, and provide motivation. A company's organizational structure is the backbone of the company. Creating an organizational structure system establishes responsibility, accountability and sets clear lines of communication (Organizational Structure, 2004). Appendix C shows how the company's organizational structure and line of command currently proposed. The executive director is responsible for communication between the administrative coordinator and the training supervisor and so on down to the trainers and the administrative staff. The administrative staff is responsible for ensuring all trainers receive appropriate memos, benefits, reviews, and complaints. Communication is the key to optimal function. Weekly meetings will take place between the executive director, the administrative coordinator, and the training supervisor. The supervisors will have weekly meeting on a rotating schedule to make sure the staff is abiding by the policies and address any areas of concern before the issue becomes a problem. Alliance for Excellent Education. (2009). High School dropouts in America. Retrieved from http://Creating the organizational structure sets clear lines of communication Organizational Structure. (2004). In Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/estappliedpsyc/organizational_structure University of Phoenix. (2002). Achieving Excellence in the Management of Human Services Organizations. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, HSM 220 website. ...read more.

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