March 2009

Career College Graduates Find Jobs Immediately

(Washington, D.C.)– Career colleges offer good news in a down economy with a high number of graduates who find employment immediately after graduation.

Over 75 percent of career college students found jobs immediately after they graduated in 2005, according to the Imagine America Foundation’s (IAF) Fact Book 2009: A Profile of Career Colleges and Universities. Minorities received 39% of the degrees at career colleges, compared to 20% at public universities and 17% at private, not-for-profit institutions.

Students at career colleges also attained degrees 7 months sooner than students who attend public colleges. “Career colleges offer relevant, fast-track training that employers are looking for,” says Robert Martin, President, of the Imagine America Foundation. “With today’s economy and more funding available for going back to school, anyone who wants to gain marketable skills should look at a career college.”

Prepared by leading industry analysts, The Fact Book 2009 contains research and analysis of critical trends in the career college sector of higher education as well as a comparison of public and private, not-for-profit institutions. The 2009 Fact Book includes a new section that covers characteristics of career colleges by state with: