The purpose of this study was to explore factors in the preparation of non-college bound high school students for a career or job after high school. A qualitative single case study was used at a College and Career Academy in Georgia. Three sub-questions provided information to answer the research question of how students are prepared during high school to enter the work force after graduation. Sub-questions addressed the academic, technical, and soft skills that employers are looking for in new hires of today’s 21st century workers. Triangulation was implemented through interviews, observations, and data collection. Personal interviews were conducted with the District Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Director, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Academy, a Counselor from one of the home high schools, four teachers and eight recent graduates. The in-depth interviews allowed the researcher to understand the experiences of the individuals. The teachers who were interviewed were observed in their classrooms three times each, which allowed the researcher to witness the course happenings in their natural setting. The data collected came from national, state, and district statistics. Some of the information gathered was; graduation rates, industry certified courses, and certifications available. This case study revealed that the college and career academy made options accessible to non-college bound students allowing them to move directly into a career after high school. Some of the options allowed graduates to enter the workforce above the entry level positions.
|Commitee:||Perry Braselton, Judith, Rogers, Betty|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Georgia|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Vocational education, Secondary education, Education|
|Keywords:||Career and Technical Education, Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education, Certification, non-college bound students, pathway completer, Vocational Education|
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