The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate Degrees
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The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate Degrees

What Students Need to Know Before They Go to College

Posted: Jan. 16, 2020
Author(s): Anthony P. Carnevale, Tanya I. Garcia, Neil Ridley, and Michael C. Quinn
Organization(s): Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

A bachelor’s degree is often considered the gold standard for stable employment and lifetime earnings, but it is not the only route to economic opportunity. This report examines the labor-market value of associate degrees and certificate programs.

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