Northshore College earns high marks _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren -- Northshore Technical Community College Florida Parishes campus dean Sharon Hornsby speaks to nursing students about the opportunities the school has to offer to them. Discussing the opportunities, from left, are Dean Hornsby, Licensed Practical Nursing student Jena Hollerman and Licensed Practical Nursing student Summer Day. Hollerman is a resident of Ponchatoula and has been in the program since 2014. Day is a resident of Slaughter and has also been in the program since 2014.

Northshore Technical Community College’s efforts to prepare its students for the workforce are getting noticed.

In a recent study by the Brookings Institute, the college was identified as one of six two-year colleges to receive a perfect score of 100 in one of several areas that looked at the earning potential of graduates.

The study, “Beyond College Rankings, A Value Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools,” used a variety of public and private data sources to identify colleges and universities that provide value-added earnings potential for graduates, a news release said.

In particular, the study examined mid-career earnings, occupational earnings power, and loan repayment rate of the typical graduate.

For each variable, the highest possible score was 100, which indicates that there is a significant and positive difference between what is predicted and what is actually observed, the release said.

The report found that the expected occupational earning power of the typical Northshore Technical Community College graduate was estimated at $62,056, but the actual occupational earning power was $76,849, giving the college a score of 100, the news release said.

The school scored a 74 for its share of graduates prepared to work in occupations requiring science, technology, engineering and math knowledge, the study states.

“Our college faculty, staff and administration have embarked on an aggressive workforce training alignment initiative led by key industry stakeholders representing high-demand, high-wage occupations,” said William S. Wainwright, chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College.

“Through this initiative, efforts continue to ensure graduates are prepared for relevant employment that leads to substantial workforce development opportunities as well as competitive salaries.”

Wainwright said Dennis Raether, a 2012 drafting and design technology graduate of Northshore Technical Community College, has seen a 30 percent increase in his earnings post-graduation.

“There is no question that my time spent learning at Northshore Technical Community College helped prepare me for real-world workforce experiences,” Raether said.

Raether works in the engineering department at International Paper in Bogalusa.

“To have a job immediately after graduating is a testament to the Northshore Technical Community College program offerings and the faculty teaching the courses,” said Raether.

“They used their industry experience to teach us practical lessons, which I was able to use from the first day I began my career.”