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“The Impact of Career and Technical Education on Post-Secondary Credentialing”

Jay Plasma, PhD Candidate, Emerging Scholars Winner, UC Santa Barbara

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Nov 15, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM


1130 K Street, Room LL3

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Career and technical education (CTE) has become a key focus of stakeholders across the political spectrum. It has been shown to be an effective means of promoting numerous desired outcomes, including increased chances of high school graduation, improved chances of enrolling in advanced math and science courses, and increased earnings after high school. One area that has been overlooked is the direct connection between high school CTE course taking in a given cluster and eventual postsecondary education (PSE) credential in that same CTE cluster. Jay explores this connection and finds a significant relationship between specific CTE clusters in high school and eventually receiving a PSE credential in that same cluster. Given that the findings here bridge high school with postsecondary education, the findings call for further partnerships between stakeholders in the K-12 sphere with those in the postsecondary arena. Additionally, these observed relationships present an opportunity for states to highlight specific CTE clusters as labor market projections change. 


Jay Plasman is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Education policy, leadership, and Plasman Photomethods. He completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton College in Minnesota, and his first MA at Roehampton University in London, England. He is in his third year of PhD studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Jay's research focuses on the role of career and technical education on end of high school, and later postsecondary, outcomes. His current projects include an examination of how the timing of CTE coursework in high school relates to high school dropout, how high school CTE connects to eventual postsecondary credential, and how CTE may help improve math self-efficacy. Additionally, he researches the role of 21st century skills on college and career readiness. To this end, he is currently helping to evaluate a high school career and education planning curriculum. 



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