MCC Program Based Economic Impact Analysis: Feb 2018


In FY 2015-16, MCC enrolled 72 students in its Dental Hygiene program. Of these students, 31 graduated with an associate degree in FY 2015-16. CAREER PATHWAYS The Dental Hygiene program can lead students into the occupation Dental Hygenists. TABLE 2.19: Aggregated Program to Occupation Mapping Measures Number of Occupations 1 Using the average number of annual openings for these occupations (31) and subtracting the FY 2015-16 insti- tutional completers in the county that may fill these openings (31), we arrive at zero unfilled openings. There are 7 unique job postings for these occupations at the associate degree level or below in Monroe County. The top posting companies are Heartland Dental Care, LLC, and Q Dental Group PC. PROGRAM ALUMNI IMPACT Former students of MCC’s Dental Hygiene program added $6.3 million in income to the Monroe County economy in FY 2015-16. This figure represents the Projected Avg. Annual Job Openings (2016-2026) 31 Projected Avg. Job Growth (2016-2026) +5.2% Median Hourly Wage (2016) $28.89

increased wages collected by former students active today in the county workforce as a direct result of their education, the increased output of businesses that employ these students, and the multiplier effects that occur. TABLE 2.20: Metrics Per Student and Total Impact Lifetime Earnings Increase per Student $1.1 million Annual Economic Impact per Student* $2.6 thousand Total Alumni Impact in FY 2015-16 $6.3 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 $8.30 back over the course of their working lives. This investment can also be seen in terms of a rate of return of 27.4%. This is an impressive return, especially when compared to the U.S. stock market 30-year average of 10.1% return.

FIGURE 2.18: MCC Dental Hygiene Completers, FY 2005-06 to FY 2015-16

FIGURE 2.19: Lifetime Earnings of a Dental Hygiene Program Completer Compared to a High School Graduate

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High School Graduate

Program Completer




Average Annual Earnings $20,000

Number of Completers



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