Date of Award
Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
Public Policy and Administration
Kristen B. Crossney, PhD
Jeremy N. Phillips, PhD
This project explores the idea of whether incorporating skilled trade education into colleges and universities would lead to more people pursuing the skilled trades as a career. The research question is: Would incorporating skilled-trade education into colleges and universities in America lead to more people pursuing careers in the skilled trades?” The hypothesis is that incorporating skilled trade education into colleges and universities will lead to more American students pursuing skilled trade education and careers in the skilled trades.
The purpose of exploring this is to address the shortage of skilled tradespeople in the United States. In order to determine whether incorporating the skilled trades into the college arena would lead to more people pursuing careers in the skilled trades, over a dozen interviews and a survey were conducted. Twenty-five high school teachers participated in the survey, which explored the frequency and quality of skilled trade education at the high school level. The interview participants were a collection of high school teachers, policy makers and high level officials involved in education, skilled tradespeople, and business owners who employ skilled tradespeople.
Tracy, Brent, "Skilled Trade Education in America" (2020). West Chester University Doctoral Projects. 88.