ERIC Number: ED456883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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Hot Programs at Community Colleges. AACC Research Brief.
Nock, Maryam M.; Shults, Christopher
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) periodically conducts a survey of community colleges to identify "hot" programs, defined as programs from which students are hired immediately upon graduation. Survey findings include the following: (1) reported starting salaries for hot program graduates increased by 21% between 1997 and 2000; (2) 75% of students in the credit hot programs identified in the survey are enrolled in either computer technology or allied health; (3) dental hygiene has the highest reported salary increase, with a 32% jump since 1997; (4) 65% of respondents offering training for information technology (IT) vendor certification offer the training on a for-credit basis; (5) 9% of new credit courses/programs were added in response to a demand for workers in skilled trades such as construction, welding, and carpentry; and (6) the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 1998 and 2008, jobs requiring an associate degree will increase by 31%, the largest percentage increase among all educational levels. The top five credit fields of study, by percentage of all hot programs and percentage of hot program students served, are: (1) computer technologies; (2) allied health; (3) skilled trades; (4) engineering; and (5) business. Appended are Hot Credit Programs by Field of Study and Hot Noncredit Programs by Field of Study Statistics. (Contains 11 tables.) (NB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Associate Degrees, College Programs, Community Colleges, Computers, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Skilled Occupations, Surveys, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.