Dr. Elizabeth Standafer has had a diverse career path in education working at the elementary level up through postsecondary. She has been a classroom teacher, school counselor, career development coordinator, and district level administrator for both Career and Technical Education and Secondary Education. Dr. Standafer has been certified as a Career Development Facilitator and has been twice certified by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) in pathway leadership. She also received certification from the National Center for Construction and Education Research as a Core Curriculum Instructor. She has worked on research projects with both the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research was published as part of book revision in Chapter 3 of the book Teenage Fathers. In 2015, Dr. Standafer left public K-12 education to become a Certified Career Pathway Facilitator for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. She currently serves as the State-wide Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator for ApprenticeshipNC with the North Carolina Community College System where she works to promote and implement new apprenticeship programs with local and regional stakeholders. She completed her Doctoral work at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Her research interest, the lived experiences of Black male youth apprentices in North Carolina, is the topic of her dissertation.