CTE Pathway Programs, Academic Performance, and the Transition to College and Career

CTE Pathway Programs, Academic Performance, and the Transition to College and Career

Jun 2009

A Podcast with Natasha Lekes

Natasha Lekes, primary author of "Career and Technical Education Pathway Programs, Academic Performance, and the Transition to College and Career," talks in this podcast about this mixed-method NRCCTE study, which examined secondary student matriculation to two selected community colleges offering career and technical education (CTE) transition programs through partnerships with K-12 and secondary districts having numerous high schools. CTE transition pathway programs seek to help students transition from high school to college and into family-sustaining wage careers. The study had two distinct components: 1) a secondary study that compared CTE and non-CTE students on academic experiences, achievement, and transition into the first semester of college; and 2) a postsecondary study that examined CTE pathway students' transition experiences and outcomes associated with enrollment at the local community college.