Describes initial findings from research on the training and employment outcomes of 162 participants who enrolled in the Security Officer Training Academy in Los Angeles, CA in 2009.

“This document describes initial findings from research on the training and employment outcomes of 162 participants who enrolled in the Security Officer Training Academy in Los Angeles, CA in 2009. The Security Academy is operated through a partnership between East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center (ESGVROP/TC) and Community Career Development (CCD), a non-profit workforce development organization that operates a one-stop WorkSource Center in the MidWilshire District in the City of Los Angeles. Community Career Development and its community college partners in Los Angeles have participated in a range of research and learning activities as part of the Courses to Employment (CTE) project. CTE is a three-year demonstration (2008-2010), funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and conducted by The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI). CTE is designed to learn about how partnerships between community colleges and non-profit organizations can help low-income adults achieve greater success in post-secondary education and, ultimately, the workforce" (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: Sectoral Approaches to Community College - Nonprofit Partnerships: Initial Education and Employment Outcomes Findings for Students Enrolled in the Security Officer Training Academy (2009)


Major Findings & Recommendations

- "At the time of enrollment in the Security Academy, only seven participants were employed (4.3%)" (p.8). - "In the quarter following graduation from the Academy, 116 or 71.6% of the 162 participants were employed (based on CCD staff follow-up with students and UI Quarterly Wage Data)" (p.8). - "One year after exiting the Academy, 80 (69.6% of the 115 participants for whom one year had passed since they exited the Academy) were employed. Of these, 63 (54.8% of the 115) were employed in a security-related position (based on CCD staff follow-up with students and UI quarterly wage data from the quarter one year after students graduated)" (p.8). - "Military veterans saw employment and earnings gains that exceeded those of non-veterans" (p.8). (Abstractor: Author)