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The impact of career and technology programs on post-secondary employability as identified by high school graduates in selected rural high school districts in San Antonio, Texas
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, Texas A&M University, United States

Texas A&M University . Awarded

Abstract

The major purpose of this study was to determine the impact of the Career and Technology programs on post-secondary employability as identified by former high school graduates in three selected rural high school districts. The second purpose was to examine the impact of Tech Prep programs on post-secondary employability as identified by the perceptions of the students. The third purpose was to explore the difference of Career and Technology programs and Tech Prep on employability.

The groups of students who received a two-part questionnaire consisted of Career and Technology graduates from the Class of 1996 from three selected rural school districts in San Antonio, Texas. Section I of the questionnaire was designed to gather data on the students' current employment status. Section II was designed to gather data on the students' perceptions of the Tech Prep program. An analysis of data was completed on each of the sections.

Major research findings for the study indicated: (1) The majority of the respondents attributed the skills and knowledge they learned while in the Career and Technology programs to the success of gaining employment. (2) A relationship was found between the Career and Technology programs and the Tech Prep programs and employability success. (3) The results of the research study show many consistencies with Career and Technology and Tech Prep programs on post-secondary employability success as cited in the literature. (4) The data gathered showed that the majority of the Tech Prep students need more awareness of what the program goals are and how they relate to post-secondary employability.

Based on the findings of the study, researcher recommendations include: (1) Career and Technology programs in rural school districts need to form partnerships with area businesses to allow students to explore possible job opportunities. (2) Career and Technology programs in rural school districts should review their curriculum and align it to meet the business community skills required. (3) Career and Technology programs that offer Tech Prep in the rural school districts need to recruit more students and better inform them of the knowledge and skills they will learn for future employment.

Citation

Ponce, J.A. The impact of career and technology programs on post-secondary employability as identified by high school graduates in selected rural high school districts in San Antonio, Texas. Ph.D. thesis, Texas A&M University. Retrieved January 26, 2020 from .

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