How can your college make certain that it is offering relevant programs and training students for growing, local opportunities? In Arizona, Cochise College has found that incorporating labor market and education data into its curriculum proposals and program reviews can help—especially if that data is transparent, publicly available, and easily understood.
With this in mind, the college’s institutional effectiveness team publishes a job trends webpage. There, you can find reports for each of the college’s disciplines, detailing local and national occupation trends as well as data on related education programs, demographics, and more.
These reports show how you can use EMSI’s comprehensive dataset to build customized occupation groups and geographic locations, which help your institution make the best decisions for its community, economy, and students. Also, these reports help faculty, staff, students, and community members understand those decisions and visualize the objective analysis that led to them.
Here are a couple example reports:
- Computer Information Systems: Occupation Report, Education Report
- Registered Nurse: Occupation Report, Education Report
Cochise College puts an emphasis on using this information to structure programs that prepare students for local, in-demand jobs. Here’s what its job trends webpage says about that:
To ensure that we are offering the right programs and are training students for future job markets, Institutional Effectiveness prepares both occupational and educational reports utilizing Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) data collected from nearly 90 different federal, state and private sources. The reports are created in such a way that trends both nationally and locally can be seen, and comparisons can be made between specific areas. Here you can compare Cochise County; the three county region of Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz; Arizona; and the nation.