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Employment Related Links

It’s important as you review the employment information to remember that these occupations have a lot of self-employed individuals and that they are cash businesses that include tips and product sales. The information from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics may not properly account for the actual income and employment outlook due to these issues. It’s recommended that you talk to people who have been successful in the profession to find out more about these careers.

The following links and information are used as a reference to aid you in your decision around your educational choices. It is grouped by occupational category to assist you in learning more. Go to  and for additional information on employment and enter the codes listed above.

Completion Rate Information

The completion rate information gives the student an opportunity to understand the expected time for completion of a program. The department of education guidance on completion information includes “On-Time Completion”. The definition of On-Time Completion is not clearly defined by the US DE. In a Dear Colleague Letter it’s states as follows:

Therefore, to minimize burden on institutions while providing meaningful information to prospective students, an institution must calculate an on-time completion rate for each program subject to the gainful employment provisions by:
(1) Determining the number of students who completed the program during the most recently completed award year. (2) Determining the number of students in step (1) who completed the program within normal time, regardless of whether the students transferred into the program or changed programs at the institution. For example, the normal time to complete an associate degree is two years. The two-year timeframe would apply to all students who enroll in the program. In other words, if a student transfers into the program, regardless of the number of credits the institution accepts from the student's attendance at the prior institution, the transfer credits have no bearing on the two-year timeframe. This student would still have two years to complete from the date he or she began attending the two-year program. To be counted as completing on time, a student who enrolls in the two-year program from another program at the institution would have to complete the two-year program in normal time beginning from the date the student started attending the prior program. (3) Dividing the number of students who completed within normal time in step (2) by the total number of completers in step (1) and multiplying by 100. With regard to the commenter who believed that a student could not miss a single day of classes to complete a program on time, we note that under Sec.  668.4(e) a student can be excused from attending classes. Under this section, a student may be excused for an amount of time that does not exceed the lesser of (1) any thresholds established by the institution's accrediting agency or State agency, or (2) 10 percent of the clock hours in a payment period. Absent any State or accrediting agency requirements, for a typical payment period of 450 clock hours a student could miss 45 hours. In the commenter's example of a 1,500 clock hour program, the student could miss 150 hours and still complete on time for this requirement. Also, under Sec. 668.41(a), normal time for a certificate program is the time published in the institution's catalog and that time may include make-up days. So, an institution could schedule make-up days, as part of normal time, to enable students who missed classes to complete the number of hours required for State licensing purposes.

Institutional Completion, License and Placement Rates

It’s very important to the school that you fully understand the institutional completion, license and placement rates for the school as reported to the US DOE. These figures are updated on an ongoing basis as part of the school’s reporting process so the rates may change depending on the time of the year you look at the rates.

The individual school rates can be found at the following online resource.


Westbrook Campus:

Please Note: The Westbrook, Maine massage, polarity and aesthetics program information was lost by NCES when the Portland campus was moved to Westbrook and the two entities were combined. We are in the process of getting the combined information restored.

Employment Related Links

The following links and information is used as a reference to aid you in your decision around your educational choices. It is grouped by occupational category to assist you in learning more. Go to  and for additional information on employment and enter the codes listed above.


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