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Skills-Builder Research Studies

The Ones That Got Away: Why Completing a College Degree Is Not the Only Way to Succeed draws on numerous studies to explore alternative approaches to measuring how well community colleges serve career and technical education students.

The Missing Piece: Quantifying Non-Completion Pathways to Success describes the types of courses skills-builders take, their earnings gains, and implications for measuring student success, as well as providing questions that could be used to discuss the research.

What’s Completion Got to Do with It? is a discussion guide that looks at broad student course-taking patterns and examines how these relate to the issue of improving completion outcomes.

The Labor Market Return in Earnings to Community College Credits and Credentials in California is a technical report providing detailed documentation of the earnings outcomes of various pathways of study.


The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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