Mean quarterly earnings through the third quarter of 2008
Students who enrolled in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System between the 2002-03 and 2003-04 academic years.
Male students who enrolled in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System between 2002-03 and 2003-04 had higher mean quarterly earnings ($8,300) than their female counterparts ($5,000).
Many students enroll in community colleges to gain new skills so that they can improve their employment prospects. Numerous studies have found that median earnings for individuals with associate degrees are higher than median earnings for high school graduates. Even individuals who attend community college but do not complete a degree have higher earnings than those whose education stops at high school. Fewer studies have examined vocational certificates at the national level, but their results are consistent with the research on associate degrees, with certificate recipients showing a substantial advantage in earnings.
Jepsen, C., Troske, K., & Coomes, P. (2009). The labor-market returns to community college degrees, diplomas, and certificates. University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Discussion Paper Series. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.