Career & Technical Education (CTE) 2020 Employment Outcomes Survey

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Career and Technical Education (CTE) alumni from Cypress College are more likely to be employed within their field of study and make significantly higher wages annually when compared to their employment before enrolling at the college, according to the results of a recently published statewide study.

Career Technical Education infographicAccording to the data collected for Cypress College as part of the study, students who completed CTE courses at the college made on average $9.50 more per hour, reflecting a 61% percent increase than prior to their training at Cypress.

These gains are higher than the statewide average for CTE students, which reported an $8.97 per hour increase, or a 56% gain after CTE education.

Ninety-three percent of former Cypress CTE students reported being satisfied with the education they received while at the college. Three-quarters of survey respondents were working, either full-time in one job, employed in several jobs, or self-employed.

Students were able to find work quickly in their chosen field. More than half of survey respondents found work within three months of completing their CTE course at Cypress and the vast majority (65%) were working at least 40 hours per week.

Career Technical Education infographicEileen Haddad, then-interim director, Institutional Research and Planning, said the data reflect students who earned certificates or degrees as well as students who simply took courses in CTE. The data, pulled from the 2017-18 cohort, is self-reported and reflects a roughly 30% participation rate. More recent numbers are not yet available, she said.

“This data reflect something we at Cypress College are incredibly proud of, and that’s positive student outcomes. Career and Technical Education students are looking to get the training they need so that they can get to work, and that’s what our former students are reporting. They’re getting the kind of education they want and the fulfilling careers they deserve.”

Cypress College students and alumni from 2017-18 who were surveyed included those who did not enroll or were minimally enrolled in 2018-19; earned a certificate of six or more units or a vocational degree; or earned at least nine CTE units. The survey was administered in 2020 by email, text message (SMS), and telephone, and addressed student perceptions of their CTE program, employment outcomes, and how their coursework and training relate to their current career. A total of 2,107 students were sent the survey and 643 (31%) students responded.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting- edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-campus California Community College system. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22, and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are now offered both in person on campus and in an online/remote format. Students can access support services online at


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