Educational Experiences and Employment Outcomes for TANF Parents Attending Community and Technical Colleges

Apr 2016 |
Online Library

This report describes WorkFirst client experiences at state community and technical colleges and analyzes self-sufficiency outcomes for WorkFirst clients who successfully reach the Tipping Point—defined as achievement of 45 college credits and a credential. We found that the most common reason for WorkFirst parents to enroll at community college was for basic skills education, though about one-third sought vocational education leading to a degree. We also found that WorkFirst parents who reached the Tipping Point were more likely to be employed and had higher annual earnings than a statistically matched group of WorkFirst parents. However, very few WorkFirst enrollees in vocational education (16 percent) reached the Tipping Point.