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ERIC Number: EJ880458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-4669
Career and Technical Education as Pathways: Factors Influencing Postcollege Earnings of Selected Career Clusters
Compton, Jonathan I.; Laanan, Frankie Santos; Starobin, Soko S.
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v15 n1-2 p93-113 2010
This study investigated the relationship between student characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, program of study, degree completion, and earnings outcomes for students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs within the business, information technology (IT), and marketing career clusters in community colleges to determine which variables lead to improved earnings for these students. It draws upon data from the Iowa Department of Education (IDE), Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). The study found that gender has the strongest influence on earnings for all three of the career clusters, with women earning less in all three. However, this plays out differently between the three clusters. Women who complete degrees in business and marketing earn less even than men who enroll in these programs without completing degrees. However, women who complete associate degrees in IT have an increase in earnings that is higher than that of men and have fifth year earnings that approach those of men. Completion of associate degrees had a positive influence on earnings for marketing and IT, but did not have a significant impact on earnings for the business cluster. The article concludes by addressing implications for research, policy, and practice. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa