Ohlone College Key Facts March 10, 2017

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Smiling Ohlone College students near the Student Services Center building. One of California's Top 10 Community Colleges. Spring Semester begins January 23.

Tri-City's Benefits from Ohlone College

Ohlone College recently employed the services of Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers in the U.S. and internationally. The charge they were given was to research and report on the college's economic impact and investment analysis.

EMSI's findings:

First and foremost, Ohlone promotes economic growth in the Ohlone Community College District

  • It is an employer and a buyer of goods and services, and the living expenses of students benefit local businesses
  • Ohlone is a primary source of education to its District residents, and it supplies trained workers to industries in the District and beyond.
  • Ohlone is an important employer in Fremont, Newark and Union City.
    • During the 2014-15 fiscal year, the college employed 729 full-time and part-time faculty and staff.
      • Of these, 30% lived in the district.
    • Total payroll at Ohlone was $47 million
      • Much of which was spent in the district on groceries, rent, dining out, clothing, and other household expenses.

The impact of Ohlone's spending:

  • Ohlone is itself a large-scale buyer of goods and services
    • During the same year the college spent $23.7 million on its expenses for facilities, professional services, and supplies.
    • Ohlone added $46.8 million in income to the district during the analysis year as a result of its day-to-day operations.
      • The $46.8 million in added income is equivalent to supporting 747 jobs.

The Impact of Student Spending:

  • Approximately 46% of students attending Ohlone originated from outside the district in FY 2014-15, and some of these students relocated to the District to attend Ohlone.
    • These students would not have come to the district if the college did not exist.
    • A number of in-district students would have left the area for other education opportunities if not for the existence of the college.
      • While attending the college, these "relocator" and retained students spent $16.1 million to purchase groceries, rent accommodation, pay for transportation, etc., generating $507,100 in added income in the district economy during the analysis year.

The Impact of Alumni:

  • The education and training Ohlone provides for district residents results in the greatest impact.
  • Since the college was established, students have studied at Ohlone and entered the district workforce with new skills.
  • Today, thousands of former students are employed in the Ohlone College's District and region.
  • During the fiscal year of analysis, past and present students of Ohlone generated $291.2 million in added income for the Tri-Valley region.
    • This $291.2 million in added income is equivalent to supporting 3,014 jobs.

The Net Effect:

Including college, student, and alumni spending, the simple economic impact of Ohlone College within their district comes to $338.6 million, or the equivalent of 3,770 jobs!

  • The $338.6 million in added income was equal to approximately 1.6% of the Gross Regional Product of the Ohlone Community College District.
  • By comparison, this contribution that the college provides on its own is nearly as large as the entire Information industry in the district.
Top Five Industries Impacted by Ohlone
Industry Total Income (Millions) Jobs
Total Impact $338.60 3770
Professional & Technical Skills $54.60 681
Manufacturing $53.30 245
Information $50.80 131
Government, Non-Education $21.40 166
Management of Companies & Enterprise $19.40 108
All other industries $139.00 2439

Findings from EMSI Study.

Male student working with computer networking equipment.Work Experience

The work experience (WEX) program at Ohlone College affords students to develop on-the-job experience AND college credit while employed. Work Experience students are more curious, motivated and engaged at work because they have learning objectives, research and reports to undertake to fulfill the program's requirements. Work Experience students can serve in paid or volunteer roles, and depending on their goals, could complete 3-4 units of transferable college credit per semester. To learn more about this program, call: (510) 659-6110 (Fremont Campus), or (510) 742-2340 (Newark Campus) or go online to: ohlone.edu/wex

Two female and one male students working in human simulation lab.Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education, or CTE, are academic courses with a focus on job knowledge and skill development. In conjunction with academic core-courses, students in CTE classes learn the basics of a myriad of careers and can forge ahead in one direction or sample from several while deciding which path they ultimately want to pursue. Ohlone offers 12 broad categories of CTE studies to entice and engage students, including; Health Sciences, Real Estate, Multimedia and Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fitness Instruction, Entertainment Design and Technology, Early Childhood Studies, Computer Networks and Emerging Technology, Business Supervisory Management, Broadcasting (radio and TV), Biotechnology, and Accounting.

Tri-City One-Stop Career Center

The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center, located at the Ohlone College Newark Center, is a tremendous resource for the unemployed and underemployed looking for work. In addition, local businesses can also benefit from the One-Stop's assistance with recruitments, labor market information, access to customized training and on-the job training funds, and other services. A definite win-win for employers and employees alike!

Tri-City One-Stop Career Center

Newark Center, Room 1211

39399 Cherry Street

Newark, CA

Mon & Wed 9:00am-5:00pm

Tues & Thurs 12:00pm-7:00pm

Closed Fridays

(510) 742-2323


March 10, 2017

Gari Browning, Ph.D.


Ohlone Community College District


Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 / 510.659.6000

Ohlone College Newark Center

39399 Cherry St., Newark, CA 94560 / 510.742.2300

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