Date of Award

August 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Construction Science and Management

Committee Member

Dhaval Gajjar

Committee Member

Shima Clarke

Committee Member

Vivek Sharma

Committee Member

Frederick Paige


Career and Technical Education (CATE or CTE) is essential at the pre-college level since students primarily make career decisions during this time. CTE curriculum is implemented in various schools, including Title 1, to develop knowledge for students regarding technical careers. The construction, engineering, and management (CEM) curriculum is a type of CTE curriculum designed to educate pre-college level students about careers in the construction industry. Knowledge opportunities about the construction industry can contribute to a workforce shortage. Research suggests a shortage of future workforce in the construction industry within the next decade or by 2040. Assessing the CEM curriculum at the pre-college level is needed to understand how the current state of CEM education impacts current workforce trends. Based on the literature review, the researcher developed a study to understand the current state of the CEM curriculum at the middle and high school levels by assessing course offerings in the Carolinas for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. The objective of this study is to understand the current state of CEM curriculum offering at the middle and high school level in the Carolinas. The study will focus on identifying the course names, course topics, and the CEM curriculum within a school. Utilizing the resources provided on school county websites and an interview, data will be recorded on a matrix for analysis. For this study, the data gathered reflected the top five populated counties in the Carolinas, representing 33% and 39% of the overall population.



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