Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Lorrie Butler

Second Advisor

Dr. Christie McMullen



A leading solution to many education problems in our country is Career and Technical Education (CTE). Jacob (2017) indicated that by combining traditional academic skills with hands-on experience that provide hands-on training, students can acquire the "soft skills" necessary to succeed in today's workplace. As the 21st-Century economy grows more complex, the role of career and technical education is critical to the success of America's future through increased student engagement, innovative math, science, and literacy integration, and meeting employer and economic need. In my study, I sought to determine the perceptions of administrators and instructional staff at one school concerning the effectiveness of the Career Pathways CTE program in increasing student achievement and graduation rates and giving students other options to pursue postsecondary education. I used a mixed-method research design based on qualitative and quantitative data. As a result of my research, I made a policy recommendation that students take a basic skills assessment before enrollment to decrease program remediation. In my policy, I also recommended professional development for all instructional staff and externships for CTE teachers to stay current with the workforce trends.