CTE Student Outcomes Survey Results are Uplifting

Publish Date: 
Jan 23, 2017

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Higher education brings satisfaction and higher salaries


SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District is proud to announce the results of a survey conducted by the RP Group that indicate the high value of Career Technical Education (CTE) in advancing our students and community.  

At the Governing Board meeting on January 10, 2017, Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen presented the results that show a significant increase of job placement from part-time to full-time, and a 49.8% increase in hourly wages after studies.

A total of 835 CTE students from 2013-14 academic year were surveyed, including those who completed a certificate, a degree, or took 9 or more CTE units. We had 160 respond to the survey.  Most answered that the primary reason for studying was to earn a certificate/degree and transfer, or to just earn a certificate. Over 90% were satisfied with the education and training they received at Hartnell College and found employment after completing their studies.

The results of the survey show 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. These outcomes are even stronger at Hartnell College when compared to the statewide survey.

The preponderance of respondents are employed, are working in the same field as their studies or training, and are working full time. The full presentation and full survey results are attached.

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 (BACCC) and practitioners from around the state to develop a universally available survey methodology. Hartnell College is a member of the Bay Area Community College Consortium.

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.

The CTE Outcomes Survey has grown to include 68 colleges participating in 2015-2016. Results are being posted on the CTE Launchboard (a collaborative effort between Cal-PASS+ and the Chancellor's Office Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy). And, results have been shared at annual meetings of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE), the Research & Planning Group of California Community Colleges (RP Group), the California Association of Institutional Researchers (CAIR), the national Association of Institutional Researchers (AIR), the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), and the Strengthening Student Success conference.


Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 16,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu