Publication Date

Summer 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Gary Houchens (Director), Kristie Guffey, and Lester Archer

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


An employment crisis is ever growing in Kentucky. Business and industry continue to search for reliable skilled employees without success. These representatives have started looking at local high school and technical education centers to help fill these employment gaps. Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with a strong foundation to become a well skilled, employable individual who will make a great employee. Although CTE programs are available throughout the state of Kentucky, enrollment is not where it should be. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of perceived knowledge of CTE held by Kentucky high school principals and assistant principals. A multiple linear regression model was used to explore the independent variables of years of administrative experience, educational background, and gender on the dependent variable perceived knowledge of CTE. Results indicated that a relationship with educational background and perceived knowledge of CTE while there was no relationship with years of administrative experience, gender, and perceived knowledge. This study may be used to determine how educators perceive CTE to help boost enrollment to fill the employment gap and urgent cry from business and industry in the state of Kentucky with highly skilled CTE students.


Education | Secondary Education | Vocational Education