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Worker Retraining at Community and Technical Colleges

The Worker Retraining program provides dislocated workers and the long-term unemployed with access to job retraining for a new career. Program enrollments vary from year to year in response to layoffs. During recessions the need increases. The industries from which students are laid off also vary over time. About 1 percent of Worker Retraining students receive their training at private career schools. This evaluation, however, is limited to training at the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. The colleges provide training in occupational skills and basic skills and literacy. Qualifying students may receive financial assistance to help with their tuition. . See other program results.

State Core Indicator Results

Employment - Percentage of participants who were employed, as reported in employment records during the third quarter after leaving the program.*

All 61%

Completers 64%

Earnings - Median annualized earnings six to nine months after leaving the program. (Quarterly earnings are the result of hourly wage rates and the number of hours worked in a calendar quarter. Toderive annualized earnings, quarterly earnings are multiplied by four.)

All $27,583

Completers $28,073

Skills - Percentage of participants who obtained an appropriate credential.

51%

Participant Satisfaction - Percentage of participants, including non-completers, who reported satisfaction with the program, as evidenced by survey responses six to nine months after leaving the program.

86%

Employer Satisfaction - (Survey not conducted because sample size would be too small.)

-

Net Employment Impact - Difference between the employment rate for all participants and the control group of non-participants, measured nine to 12 quarters after leaving the program.

7.5 percentage points

Net Earnings Impact - Difference between the average annualized earnings for all participants and the control group of non-participants, measured nine to 12 quarters after leaving the program.

$2,754

Participant Return on Public Investment - The ratio of the present values of additional lifetime participant earnings and employee benefits to public costs of the program.  Additional lifetime participant earnings and benefits are additional earnings and employee benefits received (minus participant program costs, taxes on added income, and any loss in unemployment insurance benefits), when compared to the non-participant control group.

$9 to 1

Taxpayer Return on Investment - The ratio of the present values of projected additional lifetime taxes paid by the participant (plus any decrease in unemployment insurance benefits), in comparison to the public costs of the program.  Additional taxes are those additional taxes projected to be paid in comparison to the taxes projected to be paid by the non-participant control group.  Change in unemployment insurance benefits is the change in benefits paid to participants compared to the non-participant control group. 

$2 to 1

* Includes some out-of-state employment data but not all of it and does not include data on self-employment. Understates total employment by about 10 percent.

Employment & Earning Indicators Over Time

Employment Rate - Percent of Worker Retraining Participants with Reported Employment in Third Quarter after Exiting Program

 

Earnings - Median Annualized Earnings of Participants in Third Quarter after Exiting Program (First Quarter 2011 dollars)

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