A state agency has gotten money from the Legislature to measure the earnings potential of various degrees, apprenticeships and certificates.
The information, when it becomes available later this year, should help students by pinpointing programs whose graduates are making good money and have a high rate of employment.
The provision was championed by state Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and gives $46,000 to the state Education Research & Data Center to collect the information from state colleges and universities, as well as workforce training programs.
Magendanz said in a statement that he hoped the information would help students understand which programs have the most earnings potential. That, in turn, may encourage more students to go into high-tech jobs, which often pay well. Those fields are also often short of workers, so employment rates are high, he said.
The final report will be available in November of this year.