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Associate Degree Trumps MBA For Job-Seekers

November 26, 2012  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – If you’re looking for a job, a two-year associate degree is more likely to help you than an MBA, according to new data from  Michigan State University.

Grand Rapids Community College awarded 731 associate degrees in spring 2012, and key findings from the annual survey by MSU’s College Employment Research Institute show strong gains in job opportunities for those students. According to the survey, employers will increase the hiring of new four-year college graduates about 5 percent  in the coming year, but the demand for graduates with an associate degree will spike more sharply — by about 30 percent compared to last year’s survey.

The average starting salary for new graduates with bachelor's degrees is $37,000, but many graduates with two-year degrees are earning more, the survey points out.  New graduates with two-year degrees earn an average salary of $34,960, with computer science majors with two-year degrees earning $39,408, while nursing grads earned almost the same salary -- $36,927 -- as the typical bachelor-degree recipient.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.