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New Report makes a strong case for the value of certificates, now the second most common award in American postsecondary education.

Posted: 6/8/2012 - 09:25 AM

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has just released an important study on the growing number of certificates awarded by postsecondary institutions. Titled, "Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees," it makes a strong case for the value of higher education certificates, while analyzing the very different labor market impact that these credentials can have. Key findings:

  • Certificates have grown from 6% of postsecondary awards in 1980 to 22% of awards today;
  • Certificates are the second most common award in the American postsecondary education and career training system;
  • Certificate degree holders earn, on average, 20% more than those possessing only a high school diploma;
  • More than one third of all degree holders (associate, bachelors, or doctorate) also have earned a certificate; and 
  • One third of all certificate awards are made to those age 30 or older, showing their importance for individuals currently in the workforce.

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