rabble wrote:Can either of you tell me what the current placement numbers are for trade school graduates these days?
I guess it all depends on your definitions. MATC--er, Madison College--has comprehensive from data here (PDF format)
, but at the same time it's not very detailed. It looks like, by their reckoning, roughly 65% of their graduates are placed in their chosen occupations, 30% in "unrelated" occupations, and the remainder are "not in the labor market." I don't know where transfer students (i.e. transfer out of MATC to, say, the UW-Madison) fit into their data--in theory, a transfer student ultimately graduating from the UW and finding a job could be counted in the MATC numbers as well as the UW numbers. Also, the data says (or "say," depending on your preferences) nothing about underemployment. How many people getting welding credentials end up working as welders, and how many end up working as gofers in a company that does welding?
Getting info for the UW is much harder, since the whole notion of employment in one's chosen occupation is pretty fuzzy. How many history majors actually work as historians? There is information available on a national level, a lot of it countering the current emphasis on STEM education--e.g., as I remember, job prospects for undergrad biology majors are actually worse than for history majors. But as someone who occasionally has to cough up placement numbers, I can confidently say that most of the placement data you might see is basically made up. Once a student graduates, it is nearly impossible to find out what they're up to, especially once a couple of years have passed. Yet everyone wants to know, so we do a survey and then extrapolate from the tiny percentage of respondents in an entirely unscientific way.