Recent grads laud CCA experience

AURORA, Colo. – A spring 2012 survey of recent Community College of Aurora graduates revealed the institution earned lofty marks in the enhancement of job skills and career preparation within a tight employment market and scored highly overall in satisfaction with services provided.

 The college’s Office of Institutional Research, in conducting state-mandated follow-up interviews, polled 294 respondents who had completed their certificates or degrees within the last six to 12 months about their employment and continued education since graduation.

 Of that group, 90.9 percent of career/technical (CTE) graduates that concluded coursework designed to lead to a job in varied fields such as computers, film/media, police academy and emergency medical services stated that their CCA programs met their educational goals well or very well.

That figure was elevated to 94.2 percent among those students receiving degrees designed to transfer to a four-year institution for bachelor’s degree completion.

 Nearly 72 percent of all graduates were working between nine months and one year after completion. Of those employed, 91.2 percent of CTE graduates and 88.5 percent of transfer graduates said CCA enhanced their ability to get or keep a job well or very well.

“It’s not just a one-time trend this year but something we’ve seen over several years,” said Catherine Trouth, director of assessment and institutional effectiveness. “CCA continues to satisfy our students by providing them with the hands-on experience they need and the connection to instructors they covet.”

Going deeper inside the numbers culled from graduates:

§  65.8 percent of transfers and 27.0 percent of CTE graduates are continuing their education. Among them, 98.7 percent of transfers and 87.2 percent of CTE graduates stated that their CCA program prepared them well or very well.

§  The average hourly pay for CTE graduates was $20.27 per hour; $13.85/hr for transfers.

§  39.1 percent of CTE graduates took a licensing or certification test upon completion of their studies and 94.1 percent passed.

Overall comments about the students’ CCA experience frequently cited positive experiences with instructors; the flexibility the college afforded them; career preparation; small class sizes and personal attention.

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