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Degrees Still Matter

Students in a computer labCollege Performance Coaching helps college students learn some of the practical leadership and communication skills that can prepare them for the transition from campus to career. 

Short-term certificate programs at community colleges try to accomplish similar goals while focused on the needs of specific industries.  However, a study shows there are no real shortcuts, and that degrees still have more impact on employment and wage growth.

This story from the Chronicle of Higher Education points out that short-term certificate programs alone don’t significantly increase a student’s chances of being hired.  It’s the cumulative effect of a longer-term certificate program that lasts more than a year, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree that has more influence on hiring and wage growth.  

Many studies show that a college degree increases your lifetime earnings, your long-term employment prospects,  improves your health, has positive impact on marriages and families, and strengthens community involvement.