Chancellor Brice W. Harris Unveils Salary Surfer Website
Posted: 6/19/2013
Chancellor Brice W. Harris Unveils Salary Surfer Website
Salary Surfer shows median incomes for widely enrolled community college programs

El Cajon, Calif. – Chancellor Brice W. Harris unveiled today the groundbreaking online tool called Salary Surfer released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Salary Surfer, which can be viewed at salarysurfer.cccco.edu, presents median annual incomes for 179 of California Community College’s programs and certificates. The new online tool presents a look into the future for students – and the public – who have found their passion to see a median annual salary after two and five years of completing their program.

Salary Surfer does not include students who are transferring to a four-year institution, but it is meant as a resource for students who immediately enter the workforce upon graduating from a California Community College.Chancellor Brice W. Harris said that the innovative online tool presents a tremendous investment for the students and the state of California.

“While future earnings should not be the sole determiner in choosing an educational program, students and the public deserve to know what monetary return they can expect from their investment,” said Harris during a news conference at Grossmont College in El Cajon. “Salary Surfer provides that, and California becomes one of the few states in the nation to offer these results publicly.”

Initial data produced by Salary Surfer shows that students who complete an associate degree and immediately enter the workforce more than double their incomes after two years and nearly triple their earnings after five years in the respective field. Nearly 45% of students who graduated with their associate degrees earned more than $54,000, the median wage of someone with a bachelor’s degree living in California, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The California Community College District is the largest system of higher education in the nation and, with the release of Salary Surfer, becomes one of the most transparent systems of public higher education in the nation.

 photo of Chancellor Harris at news conference

Chancellor Brice W. Harris unveils Salary Surfer at a news conference at Grossmont College in El Cajon. Salary Surfer is a new online tool to show the median earnings for those who graduate from California Community College programs and immediately enter the workforce.

 

SWC News Room Graphic
Recent Posts
The number of Southwestern College graduates earning an Associate Degree for Transfer, which guarantees admission to the California State University system, increased 138% from 2013-14 to 2014-15, making it one of the greatest increases in the state, according to a new report by the Campaign for College Opportunity.... READ MORE
Soon you will be able to tour the Southwestern College campus from anywhere in the world. We’re not talking about a basic 360 degree panorama, a fully immersive virtual reality experience will give anyone with a smartphone the ability to wander the sidewalks of Southwestern College and witness what the students see every day as they head to class.... READ MORE
Thousands. The number of laps that have been swum in the pools. The number of miles ran on the treadmills. The number of reps lifted in the weight room. The number of students who have been educated. The number of the building... READ MORE
The Southwestern Community College Police Department is now offering Live Scan fingerprinting services to the general public, much to the relief of a growing number of South County job applicants with limited opportunities to access the technology needed for a security clearance.... READ MORE
A free open house at the Crown Cove Aquatic Center will allow participants to get out on the water in sailboats, SUPs, Outrigger Canoes and kayaks, plus be eligible for a free life jacket as the Center kicks off National Safe Boating Week.... READ MORE
A national shortage in qualified emergency medical transportation specialists has prompted Southwestern College to institute a new program to help paramedics and nurses excel in caring for patients being transferred between care facilities. ... READ MORE
It’s the quintessential next step—after high school, you go to college. At least that is what more than 600 Sweetwater Union High School District students thought on Tuesday as they stepped off the yellow school bus on to the Chula Vista Campus of Southwestern College.... READ MORE
Many Southwestern College students have vivid memories of the Mexican drug violence in the region, and its impact was evident recently when Director Charles Minn screened one of his films, “¿Es el Chapo?” ... READ MORE
Student volunteers are gaining professional experience by helping out fellow students and community members with a free tax assistance program at Southwestern College.... READ MORE
The San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC), an economic development program of Southwestern College, will host a Speed Partnering event that will connect small businesses with government buyers and large prime contractors.... READ MORE