Date of Award

Spring 1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Julie Williams

Second Advisor

Dr. Terry Reid

Third Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore


The purpose of this research was to provide evidence of the impact career and technical education courses have on students after graduation. Numbers of Career and Technical Education (CTE) completers have continually dropped at the participating schools for the past five years. Five categories of placement after graduation were studied including the following: college, employment, postsecondary vocational training, military, and no placement. Archival data were gathered from postgraduate surveys conducted by high schools as required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Data were collected for graduates in 2011, 2012, and 2013 from four area high schools that provide CTE training to some students at their own high schools and send a portion of students to an area career center for additional offerings. A Pearson product-moment coefficient of correlation (Pearson r) was calculated, and t-tests were used to assess the the data. The findings revealed large positive relationships between completers of CTE programs and placement in college, employment, or related locations, yet the results of the t-test indicated there was no significant difference (at p < .05) between the placement for students who attended either a District or Area Career and Technical facility. This research may assist schools in presenting the benefits of CTE training to fifth- through tenth-grade students, provide ways for schools to better implement CTE programs, and to make the programs more accessible to future students.


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