Career-Focused Education as a Statewide Mandate: Eight High Schools in South Carolina

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Aired on: December 5th, 2012

3:30 - 4:30pm

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Cairen Withington

Cairen Withington holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of South Carolina, specializing in the economics of human capital and education; and a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston. She has worked for Clemson University for over 20 years. She has been with the Center since the summer of 2006. For the past five years, she has been a research associate on the Center’s longitudinal study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative.


Cathy Hammond

Cathy Hammond has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before moving to Clemson, she spent 15 years working with local and state school safety and violence prevention programs in Florida. She joined the Center in 2005 to carry out a systematic research synthesis of risk factors for school dropout. She was the Co-Principal Investigator on the Center’s longitudinal study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative.

This Week's Topic

  • Learn how a statewide career-focused education reform affected some aspects of Career and Technical Education in the sample schools.
  • Hear about some of the challenges schools faced in implementing a comprehensive career-focused education reform.
  • Hear about how the reform had an impact on many students, across various groups.

Our featured experts will be Dr. Cathy Hammond and Ms. Cairen Withington, who recently completed a five-year longitudinal study of this issue as it relates to Career and Technical Education and Programs of Study. The study was conducted through the National Dropout Prevention Center, with collaboration from the University of Louisville, and funded by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education.


Presentation Slides pdf.

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education: Programs of Study(2012).

A Mixed Methods Sampling Methodology for a Multisite Case Study(2012).

CTE information from The Association for Career and Technical Education. (2012).

International Journal of Educational Reform, Volume 21, Spring 2012  pdf(2012).

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). (2012).

South Carolina Career Cluster Guides(2012).

South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative(2012).

Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, Volume 87, Number 1, January 2012  pdf(2012).