Private sector colleges and universities provide skills-based education opportunities to nontraditional students, particularly veterans, working mothers, and parents, to help them open doors and secure employment in today's workforce.
Private sector colleges and universities equip millions of students from diverse social and economic backgrounds with access to career-focused learning and the job skills they need for a successful future. APSCU members provide students who take different paths to higher education with opportunities unavailable to them at traditional colleges.
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Private sector colleges and universities providing more than four million students annually with the education and skills necessary to compete for jobs in high-demand occupations. Graduates of two-year and other PSCU institutions have seen their average annual personal income increase by 54 percent, and graduates earning bachelor's degrees earn an additional $60,000 more in the first decade than those with a high school diploma.
Private sector colleges and universities provide skills-based programs specifically designed to open doors for the nearly 13 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated individuals in the United States. Unlike public institutions, career colleges and universities receive no direct taxpayer subsidies. Instead, PSCUs pay taxes--about $1.7 billion in 2010.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.