Workforce

Interested in learning more about how community colleges can help prepare you to successfully enter the workforce? This page will provide you with links to community college majors for workforce students, career guidance and more.

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Community colleges have opportunities for everyone. Workforce training is available in both credit and non-credit programs. The difference? For credit programs, you will need your high school diploma or GED to enroll. For non-credit programs, you don’t. Community colleges also work with tons of employers to do non-credit, on-demand training. Here are a few things to remember:

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    Access to Good Jobs

    Jobs are everywhere, but good jobs, the kind with higher pay and benefits, require degrees and certifications—and the more the better. Studies show that 66% of people need additional skills or training to get the job they want, and 57% missed out on jobs in the past two years because they lacked the needed skills.

    FACT: Workers with Associate degrees earn a median of $2 million dollars more than people with a high school diploma over their lifetimes.

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    Non-Credit Skill Training

    It is part of the mission of America’s community colleges to provide workforce training for local employers and to meet other community education needs such as learning English and getting a GED. If you don’t have a high school diploma, you will need a GED to get into credit programs. They also provide very short skill-based programs like heavy equipment operator and Phlebotomy as non-credit learning experiences to provide skills to help you land a job as quickly as possible.

    FACT: Last year alone, over 4 million students took advantage of community college non-credit programs. 

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    Majors Matter

    Choose carefully when selecting a major and program of study because when it comes to your annual salary, your choice of major matters more than your education level. Community college is a respected brand to employers so don’t worry too much about where you go to school.

    FACT: Institutional brand adds value, but not nearly as much as most people believe.

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    Access to Good Jobs

    Jobs are everywhere, but good jobs, the kind with higher pay and benefits, require degrees and certifications—and the more the better. Studies show that 66% of people need additional skills or training to get the job they want, and 57% missed out on jobs in the past two years because they lacked the needed skills.

    FACT: Workers with Associate degrees earn a median of $2 million dollars more than people with a high school diploma over their lifetimes.

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    Non-Credit Skill Training

    It is part of the mission of America’s community colleges to provide workforce training for local employers and to meet other community education needs such as learning English and getting a GED. If you don’t have a high school diploma, you will need a GED to get into credit programs. They also provide very short skill-based programs like heavy equipment operator and Phlebotomy as non-credit learning experiences to provide skills to help you land a job as quickly as possible.

    FACT: Last year alone, over 4 million students took advantage of community college non-credit programs. 

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    Majors Matter

    Choose carefully when selecting a major and program of study because when it comes to your annual salary, your choice of major matters more than your education level. Community college is a respected brand to employers so don’t worry too much about where you go to school.

    FACT: Institutional brand adds value, but not nearly as much as most people believe.

Popular Credit Workforce Programs You Can Do in Two Years or Less

Registered Nurse
Average Salary

$82,000

Welder
Average Salary

$48,290

IT Specialist
Average Salary

$91,250

Paralegal
Average Salary

$58,330

Dental Assistant
Average Salary

$42,510

Security Analyst
Average Salary

$113,270

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