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Hernandez-Gantes, Victor M.; Fletcher, Edward C., Jr. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2022
The provision of support services has been found critical for meeting the needs of students and their families, but related research in predominantly low-income, African American/Black communities, is limited. Thus, through a case study we explored how a school, located in a low-income area with a predominantly African American/Black population,…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, African American Students, Career Academies, Pupil Personnel Services
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Fletcher, Edward C., Jr.; Dumford, Amber D. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
In this study, we compared the perspectives of students' 21st-Century competencies (critical thinking and communication, applied learning, and intrapersonal and interpersonal skills) based on participating in an urban magnet information technology (IT) career academy compared to a traditional, comprehensive high school. We utilized propensity…
Descriptors: 21st Century Skills, Urban Schools, Magnet Schools, High Schools
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Hernández-Gantes, Victor M.; Fletcher, Edward C., Jr.; Keighobadi, Sasha – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2019
The purpose of this study was to explore how a career academy featuring an information technology (IT) theme approached the adoption of the model and the particular curricular focus. We used a case study design to explore the experiences of school personnel and community partners associated with the implementation of the career academy. We found…
Descriptors: Career Academies, Vocational Education, Program Implementation, Small Schools
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Hernandez-Gantes, Victor M.; Brookins, Simone J.; Fletcher, Edward C., Jr. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2017
In support of the national push for promoting career readiness, school-business partnerships have been noted as an Important support strategy. However, there is limited research in the context of career academies. Thus, we sought to explore the nature of a partnership between an information technology (IT) career academy and local business…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Career Academies, Vocational Education
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Fletcher, Edward C., Jr.; Tyson, Will – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore how technical skills taught and learned in Florida engineering and engineering technology-themed career academies fit technical skills desired by local employers in technology and manufacturing. The analysis utilized the narratives of 70 students and four teachers from career academies at four high schools…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Career Academies, Vocational Education, Technical Education