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Education Final 09-15-11 -   2.4.a - CTC Workforce Training Completion

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
2.4.a - CTC Workforce Training Completion
Are community and technical college job preparatory students completing the programs?
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Data Notes
Data Source: SBCTC Data Warehouse
Measure Definition: Percent of exiting community and technical college students who completed degrees or certificates
Target Rationale:
Link to Agency Strategic Plan:
Notes: (Optional)
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • For the second year, completion rates for workforce students are lower than the historical trend, driven primarily by students in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Criminal Justice programs.
  • ECE programs contain students working toward certificates and degrees as well as ECE workers who are in college to gain continuing education credits.  Beginning in 2007-08, high numbers of continuing ed students came to college with tuition grants from the Dept. of Early Learning. The recent completion data do not distinguish students with these different goals.
  • Criminal justice students continued to leave early through 2008-09 for jobs in the expansion of the penitentiary and at Coyote Ridge.
  • Colleges are increasing modularization of  longer programs allowing students to earn short-term credentials to stop out of college for work and to stack to earn a long-term degree or certificate.  That modularization is already affecting overall tipping point completions in Student Achievement.
  • Over the past two years, completion rates are increasing in high demand programs that colleges have modularized.  For example, completion rates in Industrial Technology are up 8% since 2006-07, and completion rates in Information Processing are up 5% over the same time period.

Action Plan

  • Through GATES Foundation funding, participate in the examination of workforce programs to identify successful college practices and policies that enhance program completion.
  • Work with college researchers and the Workforce Education Council (WEC) to analyze achievement data for promising practices.
  • Work with colleges to ensure that they are accurately reporting credential-seeking workforce students.