El Camino College Career Programs Receive Statewide Recognition as “Strong Workforce Stars”

El Camino College Career Programs Receive Statewide Recognition as “Strong Workforce Stars”

El Camino College recently earned California Community Colleges’ 2018 Strong Workforce Stars recognition for multiple career education programs designed to improve student employment and wage outcomes.

The El Camino College Radiologic Technology program was named to the Gold Star level for meeting all three criteria. Silver and bronze awards were also given to several additional ECC programs that met one or more of the following thresholds for economic mobility:

  • An increase in earnings by 50 percent or more
  • Attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more of graduates
  • 90 percent or more students are employed in a job similar to their field of study

The Radiologic Technology program recorded a 192 percent increase in earnings, 73 percent of students attained the regional living wage, and 100 percent of its students are employed in a job similar to their field of study. 

El Camino College’s successful Radiologic Technology program is known for its success in educating many of the rad tech professionals in the South Bay. Students are placed on a direct career path, spending about 2,000 hours in a clinical internship, in addition to 500 hours of classroom preparation throughout their training. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 

“Preparing students for a successful and rewarding career is a key outcome of our Career and Technical Education programs,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “Our outstanding Radiologic Technology program, along with the other programs honored as Strong Workforce Stars, leads the way in creating a job-ready workforce for area employers.  Students can expect increased earnings and a bright future through these programs.”

 Silver Stars (attained threshold outcomes on two metrics) were awarded to ECC’s Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Fire Academy, Nursing, Paramedical Technician, and Welding programs. Bronze Stars (attained threshold outcomes on one metric) were given to the college’s Administration of Justice, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Automotive Technology, Computer Aided Design/Drafting, Construction Technology/Cabinet and Fine Woodworking, Fire and Emergency Technology, Machine Tool Technology/Machinist, and Respiratory Care programs. 

Strong Workforce Stars is part of the Strong Workforce Program, an annual recurring investment of $200 million toward career education in California Community Colleges, the nation’s largest workforce development system. All 2018 Strong Workforce Stars in the 114-college system provide career education programs that have helped students show significant gains in factors important in building a skilled workforce and for advancing personal social mobility.

 In addition, the California Community Colleges relaunched the popular Salary Surfer website with updated data and new resources. Students and families can “surf” the site to explore estimated salary information for a wide range of occupations, based on recent California Community Colleges graduates’ salaries. New to the site are more than 100 career highlight videos that serve as a valuable exploration tool for students and families to visualize a future in various careers, including career education fields. 

For more information about El Camino College Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, view: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/cte/.

June 28, 2018