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:

  • Data on the number of career colleges
  • Demographic characteristics of career college students
  • The percentage of certificates and degrees conferred by career colleges
  • Data on the top career fields in each state

The Fact Book 2009 is an important tool for policy makers, investor groups, and college owners and operators to evaluate important demographic, enrollment and financial aid trends facing higher education. The book is available for $29.95 at the Imagine America Foundation. For more information or to order your Fact Book 2009, go online to www.imagine-america.org or contact Jenny Faubert by calling 202-336-6743 or email jennyf@imagine-america.org.