An Investigation of Business Partnerships with a Career Technical Education School

The purpose of this descriptive study was to describe collaborative partnerships and to examine characteristics that attract community partnerships within a Career Technical Education (CTE) southern California high school. Community partners reported four factors for initiating and supporting involvement. The themes of the partner involvement that emerged were: (a) learning through hands-on learning/project-based learning. (b) commitment and dedication of the staff, (c) school has a good reputation, and (d) honest dialog with CHS administrator. The following research questions guided the study. (a) How can business partnerships help in the development of CTE education programs?” (b) How can schools and businesses benefit from partnering with each other?” (c) What are some characteristics that influence community partnerships involvement?