WE Connect: Employment, Earnings, and Postsecondary Enrollment of Wyoming High School Students
What happens to students after they leave Wyoming high schools is a question of importance to educators and policymakers alike. Some high school students go on to attend Wyoming community colleges or the University of Wyoming, while others leave the state to obtain a postsecondary education. Some move directly into the labor market, while others drop out of the labor market for a variety of reasons, such as starting a family. This new series of publications from the Research & Planning (R&P) section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services offers a snapshot of what students earn during and after high school, where they work, and how many students are enrolled in a postsecondary program in Wyoming and surrounding states.
This article is an introduction to the opportunity cost facing Wyoming high school students who choose to enroll in a Wyoming postsecondary school, and specifically examines students enrolled in the 2013-14 school year. Opportunity cost in this situation refers to the amount of money an individual could have earned if he or she had not enrolled in college.
Because students with disabilities comprise a significant portion of the student population, and because labor market participation for adults with disabilities is significantly lower than the rest of the population, this publication focuses on the completion rate and labor market participation rate for high school students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Vocational Rehabilitation Accommodation Plan (504 plan).
Upon graduating high school, students face many decisions that affect their labor market outcomes. This article looks at turnover among students who were high school seniors in the Wyoming high school Class of 2007 and were found working or, if they enrolled in postsecondary education, were enrolled in a college or university in Wyoming or one of the 11 states with which Research & Planning (R&P) has a data sharing agreement (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah).
The purpose of this article is to identify the states in which Wyoming high school students enroll in postsecondary institutions and the states from which they receive postsecondary degrees or certificates, regardless of high school graduation status or college type.