Why College ?? Why Not!!
choice is yours, but consider these good reasons for going to college and
earning a degree:
More career opportunities
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 your community
advice for parents and students from the U.S. Department of Education:
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.
Earn more money.
average a person who goes to college earns more than a person who does
not. Someone with a two-year associate 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
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 the job.
Students who are not interested in going
to a four-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree can benefit
from the skills and knowledge that two years of
college provide to compete in today’s
job market. These students may want to pursue a technical program in a
community, junior, or technical college, which
provides the skills and experience employers
look for. Many high schools and some local employers offer career-focused
programs called "Tech-prep," "2+2,"
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 for
college-level work, and also starts the
student on a clear path toward a college degree.
Students interested 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.
What 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 jobs require
graduate degrees beyond the traditional four-year
degree, such as a medical degree or a
law 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 of
specific jobs, contact a guidance counselor
or check the Occupational Outlook Handbook in your library.
Examples of Jobs Requiring College Preparation
Water Treatment Technician
Chart:: Planning and
Evaluation Service, U.S. Department of Education
Ready for College Early. For more information on Why Attend College,
also see Preparing Your Child
for College and the Planning
for College section.
lots of money may not be the most important thing in life, but did
you know that the more education you have beyond a high school diploma,
the more you can expect to earn? By getting a college degree, you
can earn nearly twice as much in average annual earnings as a high school
graduate. People with graduate degrees (masters’ degrees) earn more
than people with bachelor’s degrees, and those who have doctorates and
professional degrees can earn over three times as much. Look at the
chart below and see for yourself the economic benefits of going to college.
Less than high school
*Source: U.S. Bureau
of the Census, CPS P20-513, March 1998.
you think that college is not for you... check
“I can't afford
Neither can many of the students who are
going to college today...on their own. Over half of the students
receive some type of financial aid.
You might be eligible, too. Talk to your guidance counselor and your
parents about your plans to go to college. They can help you find
and loans available for
college students. There are many resources available to you in
Island and at sites on the Internet (that you can click on and get
to from here) that can offer you free advice and information on finding
the financial aid you need
to reach your educational goals.
“No one in my
family has gone to college”
……College is more important than ever
before for getting a good job. Not only should you consider it, but
you should help your younger brothers and sisters start planning for college
“My friends aren't going to college”
……Have they really made up their minds?
Maybe they will change them. Anyway, you have your own choices to
make and they have theirs. Consider your own plans and dreams and
see if you think college is necessary to make them happen.
“I have to go
to work after finishing high school”
……You may decide, as many students do,
to combine work and school. Most colleges offer evening and weekend
courses so that students can both hold jobs and go to school. Why
not see what is available?
“I want to enter
……You can enter military service and go
to college at the same time. The military will also pay
education benefits to veterans who go to college after they leave the
“I don't like
……Like most things, studying
gets easier with practice. If you take challenging courses in
high school you will get this practice. Try to stretch yourself by
taking the most demanding courses (honors, AP)
available to you. If you really like a subject and have a special interest
in it, talk to your guidance counselor about taking it, even if other people
say it may be too hard for you. It may spark an interest in other
things for you to study.
"Four more years
of school?” “No way!"
Why not try it out?
You may be surprised by how interesting college courses can be. College
is not like high school. You will have many more choices of subjects
that you study, and your major, which you choose, will be a subject that
especially interests you.
"I’m so confused!.
How can I go to college if I don’t know what I want to do for a career?"
Many freshmen start college and don’t know the career they want or what
subjects they want to study. And over 50% of the students who begin
college with a specific career or major, change their minds. You
will have many opportunities in college to learn about new ideas, subjects,
and careers. Explore the possibilities and see how your horizons
What kinds of post-secondary education exist?
trade, and technical schools
These schools are
typically open to all students who can benefit from the programs. The length
of study will vary between a few weeks to two or more years. Students usually
learn a particular skill or trade and earn a diploma, certificate of completion,
or a license following the completion of the program. Some examples of
occupations that these schools can provide instruction for are court reporting,
hairstyling, computer repair, and secretarial skills. For a list
of proprietary business, trade and technical schools in Rhode Island, click
and junior colleges
Community and junior
colleges award the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.
These programs usually take the equivalent of two-years of full-time study.
Most of the programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers or technical
jobs. However, many of the courses are designed for students who
plan to transfer to four-year colleges to complete bachelor's degrees.
Two-year colleges have agreements to allow a smooth transfer to other colleges
and universities. Short term training, certificate programs, and
non-credit courses are also frequently offered at these colleges.
Some students and their parents assume that community colleges are not
up to the standards of four-year colleges. This is not the case. Take
a look at why.
To see more of the advantages in attending a community or junior college,
An example of a two-year college is the Community
College of Rhode Island.
Colleges focus mainly
on undergraduate education and award the bachelor's degree in arts and
sciences and professional specializations (such as business, education,
engineering, nursing). Colleges may have some graduate programs and
award the master's degree.
Take a look at Rhode Island College.
Universities are institutions of higher
education that award the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and
may award professional degrees (such as law and medicine). Universities
are generally divided into schools or colleges based on the subjects studied
(the School of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences).
Want to check out a university? Try the University
of Rhode Island.
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