ERIC Number: ED456883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 (Order #1531: pack of 20, $20). Tel: 800-250-6557 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-604-0158; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.