Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Public Policy and Leadership
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
LeAnn G. Putney
Third Committee Member
Tiffany G. Tyler
Fourth Committee Member
Stefani R. Relles
Number of Pages
This explanatory qualitative study investigated the perspectives of participant’s and practitioner’s perceived barriers to success and the necessary navigational expertise for overcoming the identified barriers. This multiple-case study research design examined three WIA out-of-school youth workforce development programs in Southern Nevada, with out-of-school youth participants as the embedded units of analysis. Padilla’s (2009) Expert Model of Student Success was selected as the conceptual framework for this study. A qualitative survey was the research method applied using the unfolding matrix technique with participant focus groups for data collection. Individual interviews were also incorporated for additional data acquisition. The methods selected for analysis of the data were taxonomies, thematic maps, and concept modeling. In addition, cross-case analysis led to the development of localized conceptual models of participant success. Strategies enhancing credibility, consistency and transferability were employed to increase the trustworthiness of the findings.
out-of-school youth; Southern Nevada; WIA youth programs; youth barriers; youth workforce development
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Villalobos, Ricardo, "Focus On Success: An Explanatory Embedded Multiple-Case Study On How Youth Successfully Navigate Workforce Development Programs In Southern Nevada" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3057.
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