In a recent blog post the Education Department based the list on median earnings of graduates 10 years after graduation from public and private schools. “This list includes only predominantly two-year-degree-granting public schools with higher median positive earnings 10 years after beginning at the school than the median earnings for all predominantly two-year-degree-granting schools, reported the Homeroom Blog. “Only the predominantly two-year-degree-granting public school with the highest median positive earnings in each state is shown in the list.”
Capital’s inclusion on a list of institutions where graduates can expect career-track employment and earnings supports earlier economic analyses conducted by the CT community college system.
According to a 2008 study (“The Economic Impact of Capital Community College” by Henry M. Robison and Kjell A. Christophersen) economists that found associate degree graduates “see an increase in income of $487,700 over the course of a working lifetime compared to individuals with high school diplomas. “The same study found aggregate higher income for exiting students reaches an estimated $15 million more per year for each year they remain in the work force.
Related story in the September 14th Hartford Courant.