Home - Gainful Employment Under the Higher Education Act, to be eligible to participate in the Title IV student assistance programs, an educational program that does not lead to a degree awarded by a public or non-profit postsecondary institution must lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Any non-degree program for which an institution awards a certificate or diploma is a Gainful Employment Program. On Oct. 29, 2010, the United States Department of Education published its final regulations for specific Gainful Employment (GE) Program data items that must be disclosed by institutions, and these regulations went into effect on July 1, 2011. As part of the GE Program disclosure requirements, institutions who have GE Programs must publish specific data about each of their GE Programs for prospective students. The disclosure information is designed to help students make informed choices about enrolling in a GE Program. Please find GE information for applicable Lewis and Clark certificate programs under the “Gainful Employment” tab on each career program’s web page.