Postsecondary completers data includes graduates in their first major at Oregon:
- colleges and universities,
- community colleges,
- private career schools (overseen by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Committee),
- Job Corps centers, and
- Bureau of Labor and Industries apprenticeship programs.
Private career schools fill an important niche in the state with training in programs such as real estate, insurance, hairdressing, truck driving and bicycle repair. Overall, graduates from private career schools have seen a steady decline since the 2006-2007 period. On the other hand, the number of postsecondary certificates awarded tripled from 2004-2005 to 2013-2014. At least part of this increase was likely tied to the initiation of Career Pathway certifications offered at Oregon community colleges in recent years. Launched in 2004, a Career Pathway helps students at community colleges get short-term training so they can enter the workforce faster or enhance their skills quickly while working. Pathways certificates allow students to take a short series of courses to get to their next level of employment.
For more information on Oregon's postsecondary graduates, read Occupational Economist Brenda Turner's article "Postsecondary Completions on the Rise".