College is pleased to announce that nine programs recently earned the
California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce program for recognition at the
Bronze Stars level for success in improving student employment and wage
outcomes through innovative career education programs.
community college system annually awards Strong Workforce Stars to colleges for
career education programs whose graduates show significant gains in factors
important for advancing social mobility—a substantial increase in earnings,
attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study.
College one of our main goals is to provide superior educational opportunities.
This recognition affirms that the positive work we have been involved with
yields successful outcomes,” explains Zhenya Lindstrom, associate dean of
career education, MiraCosta College. “We have a dedicated and passionate team
of faculty and staff who put MiraCosta College students first and ensure they
have the tools needed for the workforce.”
Strong Workforce Stars were given to career education programs throughout the
state in 12 industry sectors, based on earnings gains, living wage attainment,
and employment in field of study, the release said.
Those named Strong Workforce Stars met one or more of the following thresholds:
- An increase in earnings by 50 percent or more, based on
a match to the state wage file, for students who earned a certificate or
degree and were last enrolled in 2015/16.
- Attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or
more, based on a match to the state wage file, for students who earned a
certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2015/16.
- 90 percent or more are employed in a job similar to
their field of study, according to the Career Technical Education Outcomes
Survey, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last
enrolled in 2014/15.
the Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, and Gold Stars levels were introduced, with
each winning program receiving recognition in one of those categories. Bronze
Stars programs met one or more thresholds.
Nine MiraCosta programs received Bronze Stars and the criteria met include:
- Automotive Technology: 54 percent increase in earnings
- Accounting: 70 percent of students attained the
regional living wage
- Massage Therapy: 100 percent of students are employed
in a job similar to their field of study
- Drafting Technology: 86 percent increase in earnings
- Licensed Vocational Nursing: 100 percent of students
are employed in a job similar to their field of study
- Multimedia: 98 percent increase in earnings
- Commercial Music: 57 percent increase in earnings
- Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology: 71 percent of
students attained the regional living wage
- Hospitality: 74 percent increase in earnings
Workforce Stars career education programs are proven to help Californians increase
their earning power," said Van Ton-Quinlivan, executive vice chancellor
for Workforce and Digital Futures. "With the introduction of levels this
year, we are able to highlight those programs that are seeing significant
results, as well as those that are on the rise toward even greater
Strong Workforce Stars grew from the California Community Colleges’ Doing What
Matters for Jobs and Economy framework and its Strong Workforce Program.
California is investing $200 million annually to spur additional and improved
career education programs throughout its 114 community colleges.