Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) marked its fourth consecutive year producing over 500,000 workforce-ready professionals. The sector graduated 529,371 students in 2019 skilled for a wide range of in-demand careers including: nursing, transportation, and business administration. The announcement was made at CECU’s annual CEO Summit in Denver.
“In 2016, our sector began a 10-year commitment to provide the nation with over five million new trained professionals,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of CECU. “We remain on track to meet this commitment despite the number of schools in the sector declining. The good news is that the number of graduates per school continue to increase, resulting in higher numbers of skilled workers to contribute to the American economy.”
The nation’s postsecondary career education colleges and universities prepared 556,635 career professionals in 2018 according to research published today. This brings the total number to 1,783,764 career professionals produced during the first three years of the sector’s “Campaign to Create 5 Million Career Professionals” within 10 years.
The nation’s postsecondary career education colleges and universities produced 597,337 career professionals in 2017 according to a report released today. These results come despite an overall decrease in the number of schools and students in the sector, but they do not slow the sector’s “Campaign to Create 5 Million Career Professionals” within a decade.
“In the first two years of this campaign, our schools have produced 1,227,129 new career professionals.” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities. “While our sector’s total enrollment has declined, the growth in academic awards has substantially increased as we focus on student completions.”
November 18, 2016 - Dallas - Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) announced this morning the Campaign to Create 5 Million Career Professionals in the decade ahead. Using research that connects the academic programs of postsecondary institutions in our sector to related occupations, and calculating projections using state-specific data on occupational growth demands and replacement needs, the sector has outlined its role in America’s economic and social future.