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Perkins Core Indicator 4: Job Placement Rates
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What are the Perkins Core Indicator Reports?


The Federal Perkins legislation identifies five core indicators to measure the effectiveness of Career Technical Education (CTE) at the post-secondary level: 1. technical skill attainment; 2. completion of a CTE credential, certificate, or degree; 3. persistence in higher education including transfer; 4. employment or placement in military service or apprenticeship; 5. equity (i.e., nontraditional participation and completion).


The State of California and institutions receiving Perkins-CTEA funding must establish a performance goal for each of the indicators. Institutions must meet the performance goals set in order to continue receiving Perkins funding.

What is Perkin's Core Indicator 4?

Perkins Core Indicator 4 examines the percentage of students in a specified cohort year who were placed or retained in employment (as found in the unemployment insurance base wage file) or military service or apprenticeships programs in one of the four quarters (summer, fall, winter, or spring) in the year following their cohort year.

How and why do we use Perkins Core Indicator 4 for Accreditation?


ACCJC Standard II.B.3 states that “the institution establishes institution-set standards for student achievement appropriate to its mission, assesses how well it is achieving them in pursuit of continuous improvement, and publishes this information. This standard is explained in more detail in the ACCJC Guide for Evaluating and Improving Institutions. Specifically, the guide states that “The institution must establish appropriate standards of success with respect to student achievement in relation to the institution’s mission. Each institution will set expectations for…job placement rates…. The institution demonstrates that it gathers data on institution set standards [and] analyzes results on student achievement.”


In the annual accreditation report due to ACCJC each year, the College is asked to provide the number of CTE certificates and degrees for which the institution has set a standard for graduate employment rates. The report notes that institutions are required to have institution-set standards for graduate employment rates for all applicable CTE certificate and degree programs. The College is also asked to provide job placement rates annually for CTE certificate and degree programs that had 10 or more student completers for the specified year.


While the College is currently working on finding ways other ways to more accurately report on student employment outcomes, the College has currently been utilizing Perkins Core Indicator 4 job placement rate data and the Perkins Core Indicator 4 performance goal (i.e., institution set-standard) to meet this Accreditation Standard.

To read more about the cohort included in Perkin's Core Indicator 4 data, click here: Perkins Core Indicator 4: Job Placement Rates - Frequently Asked Questions

Access Perkins Core Indicator 4 job placement rate data for your programs:

School of Career Technical Education

Child Development and Educational Studies
Computer and Office Studies
Culinary Arts
Family and Consumer Studies
Public Services
Trades and Industrial Technology

School of Health, Kinesiology, Science, and Mathematics

Allied Health
Associate Degree Nursing  
Vocational Nursing

School of Language Arts and Communication

English (Journalism)

School of Social Sciences and Arts

Business Administration
Visual and Media Arts

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