California Community Colleges Produce Positive Employment Outcomes: Results from the Career Technical Education Outcomes Survey
This study examined the employment outcomes of students participating in career and technical education (CTE) at California community colleges. The study used data from surveys of three cohorts of former community college students in 2014, 2015, and 2016 (N=54,404, N=57,708, and N=104,441, respectively) who had either earned a credential or completed a significant number of courses at least two years prior. Former students answered survey questions about their current employment status, their reasons for going to college, and their employment status before attending college. Based on these data, the authors found that CTE students earned a higher hourly wage, improved their work status, and improved their work term after their participation in a CTE program compared to before they participated.