Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires a student must be enrolled in an educational program that leads to an associate degree or prepares the student for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Further, colleges are required to disclose information about programs which are identified as “financial aid eligible” and prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The list below links to the eligible programs and the Gainful Employment Statement for each program.

Technical Certificates

Technical Certificate programs are usually one year in length with a major in an occupational area. Certificate programs differ from associate degree programs because they are presented at a different educational level and are developed in response to employment needs identified by local curriculum advisory committees.

Allied Health & Nursing


Practical Nursing



Applied Technology

Advanced Manufacturing

Construction Technology

Graphic Communications


Behavioral Health


Early Childhood Education


Certificate of Proficiency

Certificates of Proficiency are usually less than a year in length and provide focused training in a specific technical area which leads to gainful employment.

Allied Health and Nursing

Emergency Medical Technician

Nursing Assistant

Medical Professions Education


Applied Technology

Advanced Manufacturing

Agriculture Mechanics &
Equipment Machine  Technology

CDL/Truck Driving

Computer Art & Design

Construction Technology

Cosmetology Manicuring

Graphic Communications

HVAC (not eligible)

General Welding

Inert Gas Welding 

Mild Steel Welding




Cyber Security

Maintaining & Managing Personal Computers

Medical Coding

Microsoft Operating Systems Desktop Support



Law Enforcement