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Education Final 09-15-11 -   2.4 - 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 - Workforce Training Completion Rate
How many students complete Workforce training programs?
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Data Notes


Data Source:

Student records from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Apprenticeship programs, and private career schools

Measure Definition:

Among participants leaving the program the percent that completed training.  Average rate among participants in community and technical college workforce programs, apprenticeships, and private career schools.

Target Rationale:

There is no established target for this combination of programs.   

Link to Agency Strategic Plan:

Goal 2, Objective B: Advocate for, facilitate and promote improved retention and success in postsecondary workforce education and training programs. 


Students who complete training are more likely to fill employer needs and typically have higher earnings than those who do not complete.

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • The average completion rate for training programs has declined during the past year. Completion rates for community and technical college training and retraining and apprenticeship programs each decreased during the past year. 
  • Over the longer term, community and technical college training completion rates have stayed about the same during the past decade—about 58 percent.  The median length of training for completers is 18 months.
  • Over the past decade, the completion rate for apprenticeship programs has also stayed about the same.  Apprenticeship programs have the lowest completion rate—38 percent—but apprenticeship programs are also the longest training program (median length of 36 months) and longer programs typically have lower completion rates. 
  • Comparable long term data is not available for private career schools.  Private career schools have shorter programs (median length of 3 months) and have the highest average completion rate—78%
  • The need to improve the completion is important because students who complete their training have higher employment rates and earnings than students who do not complete.  The higher rates of employment and earnings also reflect the greater value employers place on program completers vs. non-completers.