Challenges to maintaining student engagement and student organizations activities faced by advisors in the uncertain environment of COVID-19.
Background: Interviews were conducted with Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSOs) advisors from secondary schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Purpose: The purpose was to discover the impact COVID-19 pandemic had on CTSO advisors’ personal views and lived experiences. Method: Researchers followed a constant comparative methodology, analyzing the interview transcripts for interconnectivity of the experiences by independently coding data employing open and axial coding techniques and identifying emerging themes. Discussion: The short-term effects of the pandemic were related to access and adequate technology, apathy in both students and advisors, and administrative support. More research will need to be conducted on the long-term effects. Conclusion: When the COVID-19 pandemic began, secondary schools were closed, and activities for CTSOs were either cancelled or completed virtually, challenging the success and professional preparation of the CTSOs advisors. Conclusions are made about their professional development and long-term effects on workforce development.