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News article: In a tough economy, new focus on job-oriented certificates

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Reports and articles continue to echo the same message: postsecondary credentials will play a critical role in securing a job. A recent article in The Bellingham Herald, a Washington state newspaper, highlighted a recent national reports and state statistics that reinforce the notion that credentials are no longer an option for individuals who cannot succeed in traditional four-year institutions.

The article features reports such as Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-Baccalaureate Certificates, which both suggest that credentials will play a key role for individuals who seek employment.

Further, in Florida, a recent report based on the state’s employment data shows that “students who earn certificates or associate of science degrees can make more money in their first year out of college than four-year graduates of Florida’s university system,” the article said.

Willis Holcombe, chancellor of Florida’s fast-growing community college system was quoted saying that the unemployment numbers are “a powerful case for some postsecondary credential, not just going to classes, but completing a credential…If you want to insulate yourself against unemployment, you need a career.”

By Erin in News, Research
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Half of Postsecondary Students Earn Credentials Within Six Years, Report says

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Nearly half (49 percent) of students who began their postsecondary education earned a credential – ranging from an educational certificate to a bachelor’s degree — within 6 years, according to a recent National Center for Education Statistics First Look report.

Early assessments of data collected for Persistence and Attainment of 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: After Six Years provides findings from a study starting in 2003-04 through June 2009. Data indicated that 15 percent of students remained enrolled, but had not yet completed a program of study; and about one-third (36 percent) of students left postsecondary education without earning any credential by June 2009.

Such findings may help underscore the nation’s need to ramp up college completion and credential acquisition rates, particularly as economic forecasts predict that well-paying and growing jobs will require some type of postsecondary credential.

By Erin in Publications
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Degree and Certificate Attainment Linked to Strong Employment Outcomes, Report Says

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Students with both an associate degree and a certificate in information technology (IT) had the strongest employment outcomes in terms of likelihood of employment, hours worked, and earnings, according to a recent Community College Research Center (CCRC) issue brief that examined Washington state students.

The Employment Outcomes of Community College Information Technology Students explored the role of community colleges in educating IT workers and examined two key issues:  students’ employment outcomes by the type of community college IT preparation they complete, and the type of employers that tend to hire community college IT students. CCRC assessed data on students who were enrolled in an IT program at any Washington State community and technical college during the 2000-01 academic year and who completed their program or left college by the spring of the 2004-05 academic year.

The students who followed in likelihood of employment, hours worked, and earnings were those with an IT associate degree, and then followed by students with an IT certificate. Students who earned no credential but focused their studies in IT had the weakest employment outcomes, according to the brief.

By Erin in Publications
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