MCC Program Based Economic Impact Analysis: Feb 2018


In FY 2015-16, MCC enrolled 61 students in its Com- puter Systems Technology program. Of these students, nine graduated with an associate degree in FY 2015-16. CAREER PATHWAYS The Computer Systems Technology program can lead students into a number of occupations, which may include: Computer User Support Specialists and Electri- cal and Electronics Engineering Technicians. TABLE 2.13: Aggregated Program to Occupation Mapping Measures Number of Occupations 7

PROGRAM ALUMNI IMPACT Former students of MCC’s Computer Systems Tech- nology program added $7.3 million in income to the Monroe County economy in FY 2015-16. This figure represents the increased wages collected by former students active today in the county workforce as a direct result of their education, the increased output of busi- nesses that employ these students, and the multiplier effects that occur. TABLE 2.14: Metrics Per Student and Total Impact Lifetime Earnings Increase per Student $900.6 thousand Annual Economic Impact per Student* $2.5 thousand Total Alumni Impact in FY 2015-16 $7.3 million * Due to data limitations, a duplicated student headcount was used to calcu- late the economic impact per student, generating a very conservative result. STUDENT RETURN ON INVESTMENT To earn a degree in the program, students experience costs in the form of tuition and fees, books and supplies, and the opportunity cost of attending school instead of working. In return for this investment, students can earn higher wages. For every dollar students invest in their education in the program, they will receive $6.60 back over the course of their working lives. This investment can also be seen in terms of a rate of return of 21.1%. This is an impressive return, especially when compared to the U.S. stock market 30-year average of 10.1% return.

Projected Avg. Annual Job Openings (2016-2026)


Projected Avg. Job Growth (2016-2026)


Median Hourly Wage (2016)


Using the average number of annual openings for these occupations (175) and subtracting the FY 2015-16 insti- tutional completers in the county that may fill these openings (23), we arrive at a gap of 152 unfilled open- ings. There are 2,449 unique job postings for these occu- pations at the associate degree level or below in Monroe County. The top three posting companies are Paychex Inc, University of Rochester, and Dish Network LLC.

FIGURE 2.12: MCC Computer Systems Technology Completers, FY 2005-06 to FY 2015-16

FIGURE 2.13: Lifetime Earnings of a Computer Systems Technology Program Completer Compared to a High School Graduate


High School Graduate

Program Completer



$40,000 $20,000 $0 $60,000



Average Annual Earnings

0 Number of Completers


2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011




44 49 54



Year Graduated




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