Three articles are featured in the 2016 issue of the Journal of Career and Technical Education (JCTE). The underlying research used linear modeling and qualitative research approaches to address important issues related to student participation and outcomes in the context of transitions from high school to community colleges.
In the first article, The Postsecondary Outcomes of High School Career and Technical Education Students who Matriculate to Community Colleges, Dietrich, Lichtenberger, and Kamalludeen explored community college outcomes for a cohort of students initially enrolling at community colleges after high school graduation. Using a hierarchical generalized linear model (HGLM), the authors found that community college students from high school CTE programs were either just as likely or more than likely to attain all of the outcomes measured in the study when compared to students from general curriculum programs.
In turn, Schmidtke reported the results of a study entitled, The Relationship Between Academic Student Services and the Retention of American Indian Students at a Sub-Baccalaureate Technical College. The goal of the study was to characterize the perceptions of graduating American Indian students at a mainstream sub-baccalaureate technical college. Specifically, Schmidtke sought to explore how support from academic student services had helped them learn and persist in their studies. In the findings, Schmidtke reported that American Indian students would like to see student services staff to focus more on advocacy to help them navigate university bureaucracy and ensure successful participation in their college programs.
Finally, the third article features the results of the study, Optimizing Technical Education Pathways: Does Dual-Credit Course Completion Predict Students’ College and Labor Market Success? In this study, Phelps and Chan, used longitudinal student record data to examine the relationship between college and career success and the completion of dual credit courses in high school. Based on the analysis of hierarchical linear models, the authors found that dual credit learners had significantly better outcomes than non-dual credit learners using college course completion rates, second year retention, three-year graduation rate, as well as earnings in 2012-13 as a reference. The authors also reported program and student factors that appear to contribute to students’ college and labor market success.
The results of the two studies seeking to document postsecondary outcomes contribute to growing evidence of the role and value of participation in career and technical education (CTE) programs in terms of college and career readiness. The results of these two studies underscore the positive relationship between participation in high school CTE programs and college and labor market outcomes. These studies also highlight the importance of rigorous analyses to document related trends and the implications for practice. In turn, the qualitative study serves as reminder of the importance of documenting student perspectives to develop organic understandings of college participation experiences to ensure a successful transition from high school. This need is even more relevant when it comes to students have been historically underrepresented in college as reported in the second article.
Once again, we appreciate the work of researchers in the field and the selection of our journal for publication consideration. In this regard, the review process plays a key role in the production of a journal issue and we would like to extend our gratitude for the continued support of the reviewers who made the selection of articles featured in this issue possible.
We also want to acknowledge the support of Gail McMillan at Virginia Tech, who took over as our de facto Managing Editor. Ms. McMillan is a Digital Publishing Specialist at the Virginia Tech University Libraries and her support was instrumental in producing this issue.
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