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New Study Calls for More Career Readiness

New Study Calls for More Career Readiness

Do all students need a four-year degree? That is the question that came up in a new report released by Harvard University.

The report, “Pathways to Prosperity,” calls for a shift in thinking that all high school graduates must attend a four-year college and obtain a degree. According to the study, only 30% of U.S. young adults successfully complete this path. (Pathways to Prosperity 24). Sadly, those who don’t graduate, take lower paying job and incur student loans for a college degree that was never attained.

Regionally, our population of young adults can successfully complete two-year programs or certificates and do exceptionally well in allied health fields and manufacturing industries. Many school districts already take advantage of Dual Credit programs that give students training and college credit hours while in high school.

The call to change the “College for All” campaign to include alternative paths to success or post-secondary education seems to align with the needs of businesses, who want to hire competent graduates who can compete in today’s workforce.

Realistically, in today’s economy, young adults need some college and training. If along the way in their career preparation they can obtain those additional career-ready and “soft skills,” then their success rates in the workplace increase dramatically.

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Photo Courtesy: Jamie Rector for Education Week
Teacher Joel Buringrud, seated center, watches as students perform a musical pantomime in a class at Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, Calif. The class is part of a career pathway in performing arts created by the district.