Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Educational Administration


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations

Major Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Jeffers

Second Advisor

Dr. Christopher Broadhurst

Third Advisor

Dr. Christopher Belser


Career readiness is an area of youth development that is often overlooked in secondary education. Preparing students for the professional world is especially important for high school students, who upon graduation, will have to decide to pursue postsecondary education or a career. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which involve teaching youth employable knowledge and skills, have been shown to assist students in transitioning more seamlessly from high school to college and careers. Work experiences, such as jobs and internships, have also been found to support adolescent career readiness. Currently, there is not a widely used quantitative measure for assessing career readiness. Through a quasi-experimental design, this study will utilize the Career Maturity Inventory Form C (CMI-C) to examine the influence of CTE programming, work experience, and the interaction of these interventions on the career readiness of high school seniors.


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