CTE Employment Outcomes Survey
Statewide study to assess employment outcomes for students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) coursework.
In an effort to provide information on employment outcomes for students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) programs at California community colleges—including whether students became employed within their field of study, if their community college coursework positively affected their earning potential, and why students dropped out of CTE programs—the RP Group partnered with the Bay Area Community College Consortium and practitioners from around the state to develop a universally available survey methodology. This survey is based on completer and leaver surveys that have been conducted at several colleges and was tested through a pilot study in 2011-12 with twelve colleges, two districts, and one program of study (Medical Assisting) at seven different institutions in the Bay Region.
In September 2012, after a meeting with practitioners to discuss lessons learned in the pilot phase and refining the survey, the RP Group made the methodology available to all colleges and districts, free of charge (Draft Survey Questions).
Statewide Findings from the 2012-13 Study
Skills-building students from 35 participating California Community Colleges were surveyed if they met one of the following criteria in 2010-2011 and did not enroll in 2011-2012: earned a certificate of 6 or more units, earned a vocational degree, or earned 9+ CTE units. The survey was administered in early 2013 first by email, then by US mail, then by telephone. The sample consisted of 47,436 unduplicated students, 3,658 of whom responded by email (8%), 3,132 by US mail (7%) and 4,805 by telephone (10%) for a total response rate of 24%.
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 28% increase in their hourly wage after completing their studies at California Community Colleges and the vast majority were satisfied with the education and training they received. Click on the 2012-2013 Survey Results link to see reports for skills-building students.
2013-14 Survey Sign Up
Starting in 2013-14, Santa Rosa Junior College will take over administration of the survey. They will continue to compile a statewide report that highlights trends and overall outcomes (without referencing individual college or district results). Colleges conducting the survey on their own are encouraged to share their research results with SRJC so that this data can be included in the statewide analysis.
The sign-up deadline for 2013-14 will be September 2, 2013. Below is the timeline for participating in the survey:
- Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) will provide MOU's to participating colleges October 1, 2013
- Deadline to return signed MOUs November 8, 2013
- SRJC will provide colleges with their student/cohort data file December 6, 2013
- Deadline for colleges to provide student contact information to SRJC January 10, 2014
- Email surveys conducted by end-Feb 2014
- US mail surveys conducted by mid-April 2014
- Phone surveys conducted by end-May 2014
- College reports provided by mid-Jun 2014
- Statewide report released end-Jun 2014
Click here to enter your interest in participating in the 2013-2014 survey.
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