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Indicator 4 2 : Job placement after two-year college

Goal: Minnesota's workforce will have the education and training to make the state a leader in the global economy. This goal focuses on the need for a high-quality workforce that will keep Minnesota competitive in the world economy. While good indicators exist to measure Minnesotans' education attainment levels, equally good data is not available to measure workforce training. Concerns exist on how well Minnesota students are prepared for the occupations most in need of workers.

Rationale: The job placement of students provides an important indication of how well two-year college institutions are preparing students for work opportunities.

About this indicator: The placement rate has risen almost 8 percentage points, from a 1990 level of 83.8 percent to 91.6 percent in 1999. Two-year colleges serve not only recent high-school graduates, but also adults looking to enter a new career. A rising placement rate is a reflection of a good economy with job opportunities, as well as an indication that Minnesota's two-year colleges are preparing students for those opportunities.

Things to think about: In 1999, about 40 percent of the nearly 100,000 students enrolled in Minnesota's community and technical colleges were over the age of 34. The average age of a Minnesota community and technical college student in 1999 was 27.2 years. This data reflects the fact that a significant number of Minnesotans are going back to school for training after being in the workforce.

Technical notes: Prior to their merger into the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the State University System and the Community and Technical College System used different methods for collecting placement data. In the 1997-98 school year, a new uniform methodology was established. Data from earlier years is roughly comparable to the data since 1998.


  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Office of Policy and Planning, Job Placement,
  • Minnesota Higher Education and Services Office, Community and Technical College Enrollment Profile 1990 and 1999,

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Other related indicators:

  • College enrollment by age, gender, and race or ethnic origin (Minnesota Higher Education Services Office,

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