THE NEED FOR SECONDARY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS: PERCEPTIONS OF ADMINISTRATORS FROM TWO JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI, SCHOOLS
Sohn, Jennifer M.
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Northwest R-I School District (NWRI) and Jefferson College Area Technical School (JCATS) are two schools in the St. Louis, Missouri, region that currently offer limited information technology (IT) programs despite IT being a high demand and high-wage occupation across the nation, including St. Louis. Due to a lack of perceptual data regarding IT programs at NWRI and JCATS, three research questions addressed the need for information technology (IT) skills, IT programs, and IT educational partnerships as perceived by NWRI and JCATS administrators. Data from this qualitative action research study suggested administrators believed there was a need for IT skills and IT programs, and were in support of developing IT educational and industry partnerships. Thirteen recommendations were made, including gathering regional, state employment, business, and industry data, and seeking advisory committee input to identify the IT skills graduates need to be successful in the IT field. Seventyeight references are provided.