these good reasons for going to college and earning a degree:
Greater earning power
More knowledge on a variety of subjects
that interest and can be helpful to you
Improved quality of life
Greater ability to help others in
By going to college, students:
Get (and keep)
a better job. Because the world is changing rapidly, and many jobs
rely on new technology, more and more jobs require education beyond
high school. With a two- or four-year college education, your child
will have more jobs from which to choose.
money. On average a person who goes to college earns more than a
person who does not. Someone with a two-year associate's degree earns
more than a high school graduate. In 1995, a man with a college degree
earned almost 89 percent more than a man with only a high school diploma,
and a woman with a college degree earned almost 73 percent more than
a woman with only a high school diploma.
Get a good
start on life. A college education helps your child acquire a wide
range of knowledge in many subjects, as well as advanced knowledge in
the specific subjects they are most interested in. College also trains
students to express thoughts clearly in speech and in writing, to make
informed decisions, and to use technology--useful skills on and off
are not interested in going to a four-year college or university for
a bachelorís degree can benefit from the skills and knowledge that two
years of college
provide to compete in todayís job market. These students may want to
pursue a technical program in a community, junior, or technical college,
the skills and experience employers look for. Many high schools and
some local employers offer career-focused programs called "Tech-prep,"
"school-to-career," which are linked to community and technical colleges.
These programs coordinate high school course work with course
work at local
colleges, and in some cases give students the chance to learn in a real
work setting. This way, the high school material better prepares students
work, and also starts the student on a clear path toward a college degree.
in technical programs will probably want to take some occupational or
technical courses in high school, but they also need to take the "core"
courses in English, math, science, history, and geography.
kinds of jobs can you get with a college education?
One of the major benefits of acquiring
a college education is having more jobs to choose from. Parents and
students should talk about what kind of work interests the
student and find
out more about the kind of education that specific jobs require. For
instance, some job fields, such as medicine or law, require graduate
degrees beyond the traditional four-year degree.
As students mature and learn about different opportunities, they may
change their mind several times about the type
of job they want to have. Changing your mind is nothing to worry about--but
not planning ahead is. For more information on the educational requirements
jobs, contact a guidance counselor or check the Occupational
Outlook Handbook on the Internet or in your library.