School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Philip Alsup


Career Engagement, Project Lead the Way, Career Technology Education, General Education, Career Readiness Pathway, and Career Behaviors




Employers are having problems filling vacancies with qualified workers. While secondary education has placed an emphasis on students being college ready, a majority of Career Technology Education students indicate they are not getting career knowledge as a part of their career technology education experience. Currently, the prevailing idea is that some educational systematic shortfall exists. In this quantitative causal comparative study, the researcher sought to determine if there was a difference between the levels of career engagement among career readiness pathways of schools located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Recent high school graduates from a Mid-Atlantic school district were administered the Career Engagement Scale online to determine if the level of engagement varied by proactively developing future career endeavors as expressed through career development autonomy during class time. A convenience sample of 260 participants was used. A one-way analysis of variance was implemented to determine if any differences exist between career engagement for three different career readiness pathways. No significant differences were found in career engagement scores in various career pathways. Implications of the findings are examined and recommendations for future research are made.

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