- Respondents were asked their primary reason for studying at California Community Colleges, and the majority (67%) indicated earning a certificate or degree (with or without transfer). Figure 1 below shows the results.
Figure 1. Primary reason for studying
- Respondents were asked why they stopped taking classes at California Community Colleges. Here are the most frequently cited reasons, in rank order of frequency:
- I completed the program (4,400)
- My goals were met (4,205)
- I transferred to another school (2,622)
- I got a job (1,867)
- I didn’t have enough time for classes (1,117)
- Classes I needed were not available (1,081)
- Family or personal reasons (948)
- 56% of former students were “very satisfied” with the education and training they received and 35% were “satisfied” for an overall satisfaction rate of 92%.
- 35% of respondents indicated they had transferred to a 4-year institution to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.
- 75% of respondents are employed for pay. Figure 2 below shows the results.
Figure 2. Current Employment Status
- Overall, statewide, students who transferred have twice the likelihood of being unemployed and not seeking employment, likely because they are enrolled at a four year institution.
- Respondents were asked, if currently employed, how closely related their job is to their field of study at California Community Colleges. Nearly half (48%) indicated they are working in the same field as their studies and training, followed by more than a fifth (22%) indicating they work in a field that is “close” to their studies and training, and 30% indicated their job is not related to their studies.
- Of those respondents who engaged in a job search after finishing their studies, 32% reported finding a job and 11% were still looking (the remaining respondents were not looking or were already employed). Of those with a successful job search, 78% found a job within six months (61% within three months).
- 3,963 respondents (8%) indicated they obtained an industry certification or licensure and 754 (2%) indicated they obtained journey-level status in the same field of study after finishing their coursework.
- Before their studies, 52% of respondents worked full time. After completing their studies, 64% work full time. Figure 3 below shows the results.
Figure 3. Work status before studies/training and after
- The hourly wage of all respondents increased 28% from their hourly wage before their studies ($18.34) to their hourly wage after completing their studies ($23.51).
Figure 4. Earnings before studies/training and after
- Respondents were asked what impact their coursework had on their employment. Here are the reasons, listed in rank order of frequency:
- Prepared me for a possible new job (251)
- Enabled me to learn skills that allowed me to get a job at a new organization (240
- No impact on my employment (186)
- Enabled me to learn skills that allowed me to stay in my current job (115)
- Enabled me to learn skills that allowed me to get a promotion at my same organization (63)
- Enabled me to start my own business (58)
Summary and Conclusions
The results of the survey showed that completing CTE studies and training – whether or not a credential is earned, whether or not a student transfers – is related to positive employment outcomes. The preponderance of respondents are employed, are working in the same field as their studies or training, and are working full time. Respondents overall posted a 28% increase in their hourly wage after completing their studies at California Community Colleges and the vast majority were satisfied with the education and training they received.