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In 2020-21 the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) contracted with Northern Illinois University (NIU) Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) to do an in-depth study of the economic impacts of the Illinois Community College System (ICCS). The ICCS Economic Impact Study report includes the following components: • An environmental scan demonstrates the need for and value of community colleges as a key component of state and regional workforce initiatives. External factors such as demography and the labor market are examined and highlight how the ICCS is well-positioned to meet community need and quickly place students in occupations and industries in demand. • A student-level outcome analysis highlights the substantial return on investment from community college certificates and degrees. Subgroup analysis on student demographics, types/lengths of certificates and degrees, and areas of study are examined. • An economic impact analysis establishes the importance of community colleges as economic engines and employment hubs in their host communities. District-level Economic Impact Study reports are available through each community college’s Public Relations division and/or Institutional Research division

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Illinois Community College System (ICCS), workforce initiatives, labor market, student outcomes, economic impact, community colleges


Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)




Center for Governmental Studies


Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies

Illinois Community Colleges’ Economic Impacts and Student Employment Outcomes

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