An analysis of California community college students earning CTE degrees reveals vocational education’s economic potential

CTE-degreesStudents who earn degrees in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at California community colleges see an earnings increase of approximately 25 percent, according to a new policy brief from a team at the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis.

The brief, which used administrative data from California, found that the earnings gains from CTE and vocational certificates and degrees varied by course of study.

An associate’s degree increased earnings by an average of 33 percent, while shorter-term certificates increased earnings by an average of 13-22 percent.

Certificates in business or protective services offer earnings increases of 14 percent, while certificates in health increase earnings by 27 percent.

Laura Ascione