Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Scot Headley, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dane Joseph, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Gary Sehorn, Ed.D.


Career Technical Education (CTE) has become a focal point in modern education. In addition to offering benefits to the individuals enrolled in programs, the associated careers often fill the greatest needs in the United States’ workforce. This qualitative study sought to answer how the nearly $1.3 billion of federal funds combined with additional local and state investments could be used to assist with CTE instructor retention moving forward. Health Science education was focused upon in this study because of the employee shortage within associated careers and the consistent employment opportunities nationwide, but findings can be applied to other CTE areas as well. The three participants and critical informant shared stories regarding their experiences in education and their use of funding. These stories shed light on how new instructors in CTE could use funds to improve their own career satisfaction and remain in education.

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