In this month’s school spotlight, we are highlighting consortium partner school, Pratt Community College, who has the distinction (for the past 5 years now) of having the highest average AA degree starting salaries amongst graduates.
We asked Megan Eaton, Coordinator of Marketing Communications & College Relations for Pratt Community College, to tell us more about what’s happening at PCC, here’s what she shared:
For the fifth consecutive year, Pratt Community College associate degree graduates have earned the highest average associate degree starting salaries of the two-year sector. This year the average associate degree graduate earned $40,231 from the technical colleges and $30,336 from the community colleges, while PCC grads earned $45,010.
“This is amazing,” said Dr. Michael Calvert, PCC president. “Hats off to our faculty and support staff that helped these students succeed and get good paying jobs. What a great return on investment for our students.”
PCC graduates salary was also higher than every state universities average salary with a Bachelor’s Degree which was $37,905.
This information comes as the sixth installment of data from Foresight 2020, a 10-year strategic agenda approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for the state’s public higher education system. Established in September 2010, the plan sets long-range achievement goals that are measurable, reportable, and ensures the state’s higher education system meets Kansans’ expectations.
The original plan included six goals, but a redesign reduced that number to three: increase higher education attainment among Kansans, improve alignment of the state’s higher education system with the needs of the economy, and ensure state university excellence.
The report and its appendices provide data for 21 metrics, including demographics, graduation and retention rates, student success index rates, credential production, and data on graduates’ rates of employment and average earnings in Kansas.
As well as leading the state in highest paid graduates PCC’s enrollment is also up. The 20th day certification date shows PCC up 5.75 percent compared to spring last year. This coupled with a 3 percent increase this past fall helps towards meeting enrollment goals.