Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Research by Peter Riley Bahr shows value in workforce-related experience among community college students

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New research conducted by Associate Professor Peter Riley Bahr finds that community college students increase earnings by up to 15 percent after taking just a handful of courses in workforce-related fields, such as water and wastewater technology, criminal justice, electronics, information technology, and manufacturing. The findings point to the importance of employment outcomes in addition to degree attainment in measuring the success of community colleges. LearningWorks has published a brief on the new research entitled The Missing Piece: Quantifying Non-Completion Pathways to Success. The brief, written by Bahr and WestEd Senior Research Associate Kathy Booth, examines students opting to build a few skills rather than complete a degree or certificate.

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