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June 8, 2012 - 5:40 am

A reader (thanks!) sent me this article from MSNBC showing that training programs can lead to more pay, especially for men:

A small amount of education can go a long way toward improving your earnings potential, especially if you’re a man, according to a new study.

The study from Georgetown University found that certificates in fields like computer and information services, transportation and business can boost earnings by 20 percent, on average, over people who just have high school diplomas.

That’s not the result researchers were expecting when they started delving into the little-researched world of certificates, which are generally offered by for-profit institutions and community colleges in specific fields and trades.

“We were surprised,” said lead author Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Maybe this is where the men are going rather than college.

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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