Workforce Preparation and Employment Outcomes

Employment Outcomes: Ohio

Percentage of spring Ohio Community College associate degree graduates who were employed during the final quarter of their graduating year

What Is Measured?

Employment rates in fourth quarter of 2007

Who Is Counted?

Spring 2007 Ohio Community College associate degree graduates who were employed and not in college during the fourth quarter of 2007

What It Tells Us

More than half (58 percent) of spring 2007 Ohio Community College associate degree recipients were employed and not enrolled elsewhere in Ohio during the fourth quarter of 2007.

Why It's Important

Labor force participation is consistently associated with higher levels of education, even among those who do not complete a degree or certificate. While a number of states report employment outcomes for students who have enrolled in a community college or completed a community college degree or certificate, the way in which these outcomes are reported and the populations on which outcome measures are based vary widely, making it difficult to compare these measures across states.

About the Data

Student records are matched against the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services employment database. This match helps the state determine if graduates were employed within Ohio, but it does not provide information about those on federal payrolls in such installations as Wright-Patterson AFB, NASA Lewis, the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, and EPA in Cincinnati as well as those with cross-border jobs, even though they may reside in Ohio. The employment rate is calculated by dividing the number of employed associate degree completers by all associate degree completers. The employment rate shown is most likely an underestimate.

Data Source

Ohio Board of Regents. (2009). Ohio Community College portraits. Columbus, OH: Author.

Ohio Board of Regents. (2011). In"State Retention and Salary Analysis of Spring Graduates, 2005 to 2009. Columbus, OH: Author.