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Glennie, Elizabeth; Lauff, Erich; Studley, Roger; Dalton, Ben – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2023
Earning industry certifications helps people prepare for jobs in a range of careers. Doing so in high school may help students prepare for college as well. Using administrative data on two cohorts of first-time 9th graders in Florida, we examined whether earning a certification was associated with postsecondary enrollment and degree attainment and…
Descriptors: Career Pathways, Credentials, Certification, High School Students
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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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Beck, Cindy; Loera, Gustavo; Nakamoto, Jonathan; Parsons, Jan – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2022
This study aims to explore career technical education (CTE) students' involvement in practicing and promoting mental wellness in schools and communities. Specifically, this study focused on students enrolled in a career and technical student organization (CTSO) leading youth-defined activities raising awareness of risk factors and protective…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Student Participation, Mental Health, Wellness
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Perry, Anthony M. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2022
Computing and information sciences (CIS) careers in the United States are expected to grow faster than the average occupation between 2019 and 2029 and educational requirements for these positions span subbaccalaureate and baccalaureate degrees. Despite secondary curricular interventions, the population of people who pursue CIS pathways are not…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Computer Science Education, Diversity, High School Students
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Dixon, Raymond A. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
This study explored the process followed by a small manufacturing company in a rural area to implement a planned training program to develop the technical skills of its engineering/production workers as the company expands its operation. A case study design was used. Data was collected over an eight-month period by the examination of documents,…
Descriptors: Manufacturing, Rural Areas, High School Students, Technical Education
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Tyler, Quentin R.; Vincent, Stacy K.; Monroe, Tiffany C. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2021
This study identified perceptions of education by low performing and college track African American males in a rural town in Southern Kentucky. Through the lens of Critical Race Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the researchers explored how 16 young men value a secondary and postsecondary education. Selected by their administrator at two high…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Rural Areas, Educational Attitudes
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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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Dixon, Raymond A.; Eitel, Karla; Zhu, Yudi – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2019
The purpose of this study was to identify the competencies that are required for entry-level forestry and fire management technicians. The strategy is a part of a larger goal to develop the STEM identity of Nez Perce students through the integration of relevant competencies in middle and high school curriculums. The DACUM process was used. Through…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, American Indian Education
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Park, HwaChoon; Lee, Sangsoo – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2019
The purpose of this study was to compare the sense of community of South Korean high school students as measured by a Korean version of the Sense of Community Index 2 (KSCI2) and examine the effect of two factors of the KSCI2, reinforcement of needs and influence, on students' life satisfaction as measured by the Satisfaction with Life Scale…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Life Satisfaction, Student School Relationship, Gender Differences
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Eve-Marie Sanok, Danielle; Stripling, Christopher T.; Stephens, Carrie A.; Griffith, Andrew P. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore the factors impacting former National FFA Organization (FFA) members' decision to discontinue FFA membership after high school. Data were collected using focus groups. Data indicated areas of improvement for how to retain membership on the alumni level within colleges and other local FFA Alumni chapters.…
Descriptors: Group Membership, High School Students, Student Organizations, Agricultural Education
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Roberts, Grady; Hilliard, Cacee; Calixte, Christelle – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2018
Tomorrow's agricultural workforce will face challenges in the form of complex problems that transcend disciplinary boundaries, including food security. Addressing these complex issues requires professionals to work within and across disciplines in ways that may not have been required in previous generations. Teaching using an interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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
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Gardner, Andrea R.; Warnick, Brian K.; Lawver, Rebecca G. – Journal of Research in Technical Careers, 2017
Achievement test scores in mathematics have been a concern among educators for many years. Teaching contextualized mathematics has been found to be effective and includes providing a direct application to real-life scenarios rather than teaching linear equations and algebraic principles in isolation. This study measured the effects of integrating…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Nutrition Instruction, Agricultural Education, Mathematics Skills