Students enrolled in 30 career education programs at Pasadena City College are likely
to see a boost in their careers following their studies, according to new data released
by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Thirty job-training programs at the college – from cosmetology to biotechnology, and many in between – have been recognized as “Strong Workforce Stars” under a statewide program designed to drive success in earning power and social mobility. The program is part of the state’s $200 million annual investment in career training programs at California’s 114 community colleges.
At PCC, programs earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold Star recognition for achieving goals across three measurements of students’ success: A substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage pegged to regional conditions, and work in a field closely matched to the student’s field of study.
The results stand out as among the strongest in the state. Twenty-six PCC programs reached the target on one of the metrics, earning Bronze Star status, while two hit two targets for Silver Stars. Two more programs, radiologic technology and registered nursing, earned Gold Star status by meeting all three goals.
“These results show the power of a community college education,” said Terry Giugni, PCC’s vice president for instruction. “Our graduates in these programs see enhanced earning power and get jobs in the fields in which they want to work. We’re proud to have these data highlighting the benefits so clearly.”
The 2018 Strong Workforce Stars were given to career education programs throughout the state in 12 industry sectors, based on earnings gains, living wage attainment, and employment in field of study. Those named Strong Workforce Stars met one or more of the following thresholds:
The PCC programs earning Strong Workforce Star recognition, and their relevant metrics, are:
Altogether, the honored programs represent roughly 40 percent of job-training certificate programs at PCC.
Beyond the recognition program, the Strong Workforce Program provides PCC nearly $1.2 million each year to fund expansions and improvements to career education programs across nine regional industry specialties: advanced manufacturing, advanced transportation and renewable energy, energy efficiency/utilities/construction, global trade and logistics, health, life sciences/biotechnology, information/communication technology and digital media, retail/hospitality/tourism, and small business/entrepreneurship.
To learn more about the state's effort to drive career education, visit the Doing What Matters website.
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