June 2012

Certificates: Gateway to gainful employment

Postsecondary certificates are the fastest growing form of college credentials in the nation, with more than one million awarded annually. A new report, Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce describes the value of certain postsecondary certificates in terms of earnings and employment. The report provides data on the demographic characteristics of certificate holders and states where certificates provide the highest earnings return.