The purpose of this research is to investigate how the implementation of West Virginia’s Simulated Workplace initiative in Career and Technical Education (CTE) has impacted Community and Technical College (CTC) enrollment and student success. Former Governor Tomblin of West Virginia noted that there would be an increase of 30,000 new jobs expected in the state by 2018, and 60% of those jobs would require at least a two-year degree. In his 2014 State of the State speech, Tomblin referenced the nationwide shortage of qualified workers in the necessary fields, and he noted that “West Virginia is no different.” Hence, there was a skills shortage in the state. In response, the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) implemented a new CTE initiative called Simulated Workplace (SW) to help enhance the quality of the CTE learning experience to model industry experiences, expectations, and environments. This quantitative study is designed to evaluate whether the Simulated Workplace effort impacted CTC enrollment and student success as measured by credits earned versus credits attempted. The results of this study show preliminary optimism. The results indicate positive trends for CTC enrollment. The study also shows positive trends for student success. Student success is measured by examining credits earned versus attempted. However, there are mixed results for some of the sub-groups that are identified. This research may assist both the WVBOE and the WVCTC systems, for positive correlations could further support the WVBOE’s implementation of the initiative and encourage the WVCTC system to adopt pillars from the framework.
|Commitee:||Childs, William P., Campbell, Eddie R.|
|School:||Frostburg State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational evaluation, Vocational education|
|Keywords:||Career technical education, Community technical college, Enrollment, Simulated workplace, Student success|
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