For many students this is a time of
great anticipation while awaiting replies from colleges.
However, for many other students it is a time of dread while they
struggle with plans for after graduation. Their future may include
attending college eventually, but not right now. Some have never
considered going on to further education, much less attending college.
Others could not care less if they ever opened another book. All of
these are understandable positions, but...
People who have an education beyond high school increase their
earning potential and job opportunities. Based on lifetime
earnings that can mean 36% to 44% more than those who have only a
high school degree.
with a high school diploma earn a median income of $27,000/year,
while those with an Associate Degree (2 years) earn a median
income of $34,000/year, and those with a College Degree (4 years
or more) earn a median income of $49,000/year according to the
Oregon Employment Department.
chance of being unemployed at some time almost doubles if you have
only a high school diploma.
are graduating into a high tech world and the fastest growing jobs
will be those that require higher levels of education and skill.
You have approximately 45 years of employment ahead of you - how
do you want to spend that time?
beyond high school does not have to be a four-year degree:
Two-year community colleges are an excellent place to begin
exploring career options. You can study anything from Accounting
or Auto Repair to Wildland Fire Technology or Winemaking. A
student can attain a certificate in a specific field, and
Associate Degree or be in the transfer track to a four-year
two more years of education sounds like a lifetime consider a
certificate program. Career opportunities in these programs are
also endless from Aviation Maintenance to Radio-TV Videography to
Dental Assisting. Certificate Programs vary in time commitment
from a few months to a year.
technical school may be the best answer to satisfy your interests.
Key technology jobs will increase by an average of 75% by 2006
according to the U.S. Department of Labor. An interest in
electronics, computers, and the Internet could lead to a career in
Telecommunications or Computer-aided Drafting or Industrial