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​​ ​​The California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce Stars is a new annual recognition of career education programs whose students show significant gains in factors critical for advancing social mobility, including a substantial increase in earnings and the attainment of a living wage.

This year fourteen Riverside City College Career Education programs earned recognition at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Star levels.

 

BRONZE STARS (attained threshold outcomes on one metric)

  • Welding Technology: 62% increase in earnings
  • Automotive Technology: 85% increase in earnings
  • Automotive Collision Repair: 137% increase in earnings
  • Accounting: 77% of students attained the regional living wage
  • Business Management: 59% increase in earnings
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship: 175% increase in earnings
  • Environmental Control Technology: 90% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing: 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
  • Digital Media: 98% increase in earnings
  • Administration of Justice: 111% increase in earnings
  • Culinary Arts: 85% increase in earnings
  • Paralegal: 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study

SILVER STARS (attained threshold outcomes on two metrics)

  • Early Childhood Education: 69% increase in earnings and 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study

GOLD STARS (attained threshold outcomes on two metrics)

  • Registered Nursing: 174% increase in earnings and 87% of students attained the living wage and 95% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study

The 2018 Strong Workforce Stars were awarded to career education programs throughout the state 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.

Congratulations to our outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators from these divisions and across the college whose efforts keep these programs strong for our students!