Respondents were asked their primary reason for studying Statewide, and the majority (61%) 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 Statewide. Here are the most frequently cited reasons, in rank order of frequency:
- My goals were met (3865)
- I completed the program (3583)
- Transferred to another school (2795)
- I got a job (2026)
- 52.5% of former students were “very satisfied” with the education and training they received Statewide, and 37.5% were “satisfied” for an overall satisfaction rate of 89.9%.
- 36.5% of respondents indicated they had transferred to another College or University.
- 77.4% of respondents are employed for pay. Figure 2 below shows the results.
Figure 2. Current Employment Status
- Overall, statewide, students who transferred have 1.7 times the likelihood of being unemployed and not seeking employment (7.3% for not transferring vs. 12.2% for transferring), 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 Statewide. 45.8% indicated they are working in the same field as their studies and training, followed 22.4% indicating they work in a field that is “close” to their studies and training, and 31.8% indicated their job is not related to their studies.
- Of those respondents who engaged in a job search after finishing their studies, 74.3% reported finding a job and 25.7% were still looking. Of those with a successful job search, 78.8% found a job within six months (62.4% within three months).
- 658 respondents (6.1%) indicated they obtained an industry certification or licensure and 18.3% indicated they obtained journey-level status in the same field of study after finishing their coursework.
- Before their studies, 50.7% of respondents worked full time. After completing their studies, 67% 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 33% from their hourly wage before their studies ($17.50) to their hourly wage after completing their studies ($23.28). Figure 4 shows the results.
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:
- No impact on my employment (3435)
- Prepared me for a possible new job (2402)
- Enabled me to learn skills that allowed me to get a job at a new organization (1911)
- Enabled me to learn skills that allowed me to stay in my current job (1328)
- Enabled me to learn skills that allowed me to get a promotion at my same organization (861)
- Enabled me to start my own business (427)
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 33% increase in their hourly wage after completing their studies Statewide and the vast majority were satisfied with the education and training they received.