Antelope Valley College Honored As Statewide “Strong Workforce Star”  Innovative Program Advances Economic and Social Mobility for Students 

Submitted by rmorgan12 on Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:27

Antelope Valley College Honored As Statewide “Strong Workforce Star” 

Innovative program advances economic and social mobility for students 

 

Twelve programs at Antelope Valley College have been award the California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce Stars recognition for success in improving student employment and wage outcomes.

 

Strong Workforce Stars is an annual recognition for career education programs within the California Community Colleges system whose graduates show significant gains in factors important for advancing social mobility – a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study. 

“We are honored to have twelve programs named Strong Workforce Stars,” said Ed Knudson, President/Superintendent Antelope Valley College. “Career education and advancement is a benchmark of our service to the community.”

 

This year two programs earned gold stars: 

•       Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly Technician: 94% increase in earnings, 78% of students 
attained the regional living wage and 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their 
field of study 


•       Registered Nursing: 114% increase in earnings, 89% of students attained the regional living 
wage and 94% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study 
 

Silver Star programs:

•       Welding: 238% increase in earnings and 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their 
field of study 

Bronze Star programs:

                  Electronics and Electric Technology: 77% increase in earnings 


                  Accounting: 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study 


                  Real Estate: 54% increase in earnings 


                  Environmental Control Technology(HVAC): 86% increase in earnings 


                  Electrical: 74% of students attained the regional living wage 


                  Desktop Publishing: 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study 


                  Administration of Justice: 69% increase in earnings 


                  Fire Academy: 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study 


                  Fire Technology: 318% increase in earnings 


 

The 2018 Strong Workforce Stars were given to career education programs throughout the state in 12 industry sectors, based on earnings gains, living wage attainment, and employment in field of study. Those named Strong Workforce Stars met one or more of the following thresholds:

  • An increase in earnings by 50 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage file, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2015-16.
  • Attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage file, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2015-16.
  •  90 percent or more are employed in a job similar to their field of study, according to the Career Technical Education Outcomes Survey, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2014-15.

This year, the Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, and Gold Stars levels were introduced, with each winning program receiving recognition in one of those categories. Bronze Stars programs met one or more thresholds; Silver Stars met two; and Gold Stars met all three.

“Strong Workforce Stars career education programs are proven to help Californians increase their earning power,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, executive vice chancellor for Workforce & Digital Futures. “With the introduction of levels this year, we are able to highlight those programs that are seeing significant results, as well as those that are on the rise toward even greater success.”

 

For more information on these and other programs, prospective students can visit www.avc.edu. Registration for summer and fall begins May 1

Last updated: April 27, 2018