President Obama is calling for every American high school student to have at least one year of college, technical training or apprenticeship. Forty-five percent of Americans (101.5 million adults) have never attended college, and the stakes may be higher for advanced education in the coming years. Each year of additional college, as the article below indicates, can significantly increase lifetime earnings.
In the current down economy, those without a college degree have been the hardest hit. In April, people without college were two times as likely to be unemployed as people who had “some” college, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to Obama, this is an era where you, “earn what you learn” and Americans need to shore up the current drop-out rate to produce a strong economy in the future. Turning around these trends are absolutely related to quality of life for most boomers in the next twenty
Chronicle of Higher Education
By KELLY FIELD
President Obama hasn’t met Serena Baker, but she may be just who he had in mind when he challenged every American to commit to a “year or more” of higher education or training.
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