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Study: Community colleges boost Florida student earnings



A little college really can help you earn more money.

That's the conclusion of an ambitious, multi-year study of Florida high school graduates conducted by the nonpartisan Hudson Institute.

The study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, tracked the job earnings of 144,000 students who entered Florida high schools in the 1996 academic year.

Researchers found that the median salary for students who earned an associate's degree at a community college was around $2,300 higher than those with no degree.

Students who didn't get the AA degree but got a certificate earned even more, with paychecks around $8,000 higher than peers with just a high school degree.

That's because certification is typically oriented toward professions or the higher-paying health sector, where the students' median salary was nearly $46,000 a year -- some $6,000 more than the median salary for graduates with bachelor's degrees.

-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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