The collaborators in the implementation of the Ford PAS program typically include a national, regional, state, or local partner organization that supports program implementation; host sites (formal or informal education settings) that actually offer the curriculum; and a local Business/Education Advisory Council (BEAC). Partner organizations include colleges and universities, state education agencies, school districts, and community-based organizations. BEAC members include representatives of businesses, institutions of higher education, and community organizations; they contribute in a variety of ways, including arranging coordinated learning experiences (CLEs) for students. (CLEs are community-based, real-world experiences directly linked to the curriculum, for example, classroom speakers and visits from experts in relevant fields, mentoring and job-shadowing experiences, and worksite and campus tours.) Additional implementation support is provided nationally by the Ford PAS Technical Assistance Group.
The Ford PAS program is designed to be flexible, and there are a number of different implementation options:
- Type of Program Host: Though high schools are the most likely hosts of the Ford PAS program, other institutions and organizations—including colleges, universities, and community, professional, and industry organizations—can also serve as program hosts.
- Level of Implementation: While students will benefit most from implementation of the entire curriculum, sequences of modules organized around particular themes, or one or more individual modules, may be offered to meet the needs and requirements of host sites. (Use of less than one full module or of module activities out of sequence is strongly discouraged.)
- Type of Setting (Formal and/or Informal): The curriculum may be used in a formal program of study; an informal setting, such as summer, after-school, or weekend programs; or a combination of these two options.