Graduation Date

Fall 2023

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Libbi Miller

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Amanda Dinscore

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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The traditional high school experience in the United States continues to adapt to meet the diverse needs of students. There are now a wide range of avenues to earning high school credit including online learning, hybrid classes, flipped classrooms, early college pathways, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) models, and others. The shared goals and expectations of these various approaches to high school learning are designed for students to complete their state’s graduation requirements to earn a high school diploma while also preparing them for life after high school. Career and technical education (CTE) is another approach that is attempting to meet the needs of students as well as local economies. Through a series of focus groups made up of current and former CTE students, I documented participants’ responses about how their experiences in CTE have impacted their college and career readiness and personal growth and development.

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