Credentials Count: How California’s Community Colleges Help Parents Move from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency

(May 1, 2002)

By Anita Mathur, Judy Reichle, Chuck Wiseley, and Julie Strawn

This study, conducted by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for CLASP, finds that welfare recipients who attend California’s community colleges substantially increase earnings and year-round work, with those who obtain credentials benefiting the most.