As high school students and adults returning to school look for the right college program, and businesses seek to build the best workforce, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and partners have introduced a new interactive resource to help with both.
The American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) College Measures, Gallup, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation—with funding from USA Funds—have collaborated to develop a state-specific online tool that will give prospective students actionable information to evaluate college programs based on potential earnings, employment, and other outcomes following graduation.
Launch My Career TN is a free, open website at LaunchMyCareerTN.org. Tennessee is among the first states in the nation to offer this new college selection tool.
Launch My Career TN offers the following information to help prospective students select the best college program aligned with their career and lifestyle goals:
· Identifies “hot jobs” that are in demand across Tennessee, and the degree or certificate programs that will prepare students for these roles.
· Compares projected future earnings to the investment required to graduate from a particular school and program.
· Analyzes the earnings potential of many career options.
· Helps students understand the personal and professional satisfaction that accompanies different careers and courses of study.
Other features of the tool include a lifestyle goal calculator, showing the number of years it will take for the salary from a particular occupation to meet a user’s lifestyle goals; and a break-even calculator that demonstrates the numbers of years it will take for the earnings after completing a particular degree program to exceed the total net price of the program.