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Who Participates in High School Career Academies?: A Descriptive Analysis of Six-Year Enrollment Trends in a Southeastern School District
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, Career and Technical Education, Volusia County School District, DeLand, FL, United States ; , College of Education/Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career and Higher Education, Career and Technical Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States ; , College of Education/ Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career and Higher Education, Career and Technical Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States

IJAVET Volume 5, Number 3, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global

Abstract

In response to increasing high school graduation requirements along with emerging skills in the workforce, the focus of career academies has evolved from one of keeping students enrolled in high school through graduation to a more robust preparation for college and careers for all students. This new focus may have resulted in a demographic shift in the students participating in career academies. To that end, the purpose of this study was to describe the demographics of students who participated in career academies in one Southeastern school district over a six-year period from 2007 – 2012. Findings indicate that a gender gap continues to exist among career academies. Additionally, when compared to the population across the district's high schools, while the career academies are becoming more diverse, participation of minority groups in career academies still lags behind that of their Caucasian counterparts. Implications for administrators and future research opportunities are also articulated.

Citation

Cox, E., Hernández-Gantes, V. & Fletcher Jr., E. (2014). Who Participates in High School Career Academies?: A Descriptive Analysis of Six-Year Enrollment Trends in a Southeastern School District. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 5(3), 66-81. IGI Global. Retrieved July 3, 2020 from .

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