Toward a Better Future: Exploring Outcomes of Attending Career Colleges and Universities
Understand how career and vocational education offers many adults an alternative education that can quickly lead to a good job.
Representing the views of more than 3,200 recent graduates from a random sample of some of the nation's leading career education institutions, this study looks at the career and wellbeing outcomes these graduates experience, as well as the academic support activities from instructors and staff which can lead to even stronger outcomes.
The research identifies several key outcomes of career and vocational education as compared with traditional two-year associate degrees, including:
- an increased likelihood to quickly find a good job following graduation
- an increased likelihood of finding a job that deeply interests them
- higher rates of wellbeing
The findings also point to ways institutions can increase outcomes through academic support in three instructor experiences, as graduates who experience these are significantly more likely to have positive work and life outcomes:
- Have instructors who care about them as a person
- Have at least one university official initiate a conversation with them about their career options
- Have a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams
The report details the 62% personal income increase graduates report after completing their schooling, aspects of workplace fulfillment, and the role the career placement office plays in helping graduates quickly and effectively find postgraduate employment, both for graduates overall and for key subpopulations such as underrepresented minorities and service men and women.
This report can benefit administrators and staff from career and vocational schools to help them understand what aspects most positively impact graduate outcomes, and also those considering educational options to see if the benefits reported by career education institution alumni align to their needs.
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