High school will be the most critical period in your life!
0–14 70–90 Prepare Now! HIGH SCHOOL 14–18 For Lifelong Learning Prepare Now for Life! 18 – 22 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Why?
Keep up to date in current job/vocation
Retrain for newly created jobs
Have flexibility to switch careers
WORKING LIFE OF 48 YEARS 22–70
Our Changing World
In the next 6 minutes:
60 babies will be born in the U.S.
244 babies will be born in China.
351 babies will be born in India.
Knowledge is increasing at incredibly rapid rates:
1 week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than an average person in the 18 th century would have encountered in a lifetime.
The amount of technical information doubles every 2 years.
China will soon become the #1 English-speaking country in the world.
Did you know?
Evolving Technology 1973 - First cell phone Weight: 1 lb, 14 oz. Today’s cell phone: Weight < 3 oz. 1964 IBM Mainframe 8MB Memory Today’s laptops and iPods: Thousands of times more memory than the original computers
The Last 25 Years
A few of our technological advances . . .
Automotive navigation systems utilizing GPS technology
Grocery store self-checkout lanes
World Wide Web
. . . What will the next 25 years bring?
The next 25 years?
Low skill jobs will continue to be eliminated. Today we see:
Grocery store checkers replaced by self-checkouts
Receptionists replaced by voicemail systems
Bank tellers replaced by ATM machines
Toll takers replaced by EZ tags
At the same time, technological advances create more jobs requiring higher skill levels.
You will need to know more—no matter what you plan to do beyond high school
Most of the jobs available when you are ready to enter the workplace will require some form of education or training beyond high school.
What will this mean for you?
4 years of English Language Arts
2 years of a foreign language
4 years of social studies
4 years of math
4 years of science
Speech, fine arts, and computer classes
What will you need in high school? Research shows that a specific set of courses will help ensure that you have the greatest chance of success after high school:
Become a Texas Scholar
Complete either the Recommended High
School Program ( RHSP ) or
Distinguished Achievement Program ( DAP )
Complete at least 2 courses eligible for
college credit while in high school
The Texas Scholars: High School and Beyond Program is all about options World of Work Military Service 2-Year Program (i.e. Associate’s Degree) College High School
Think About It… $ $
Imagine . . . $28,000 Annual Salary $2,333 monthly budget Item Payment Amount left Federal Income Tax (10%) $233 $2,100 Social Security Tax (7.65%) 178 1,922 Medical/dental insurance + out-of-pocket 150 1,772 Housing (Rent - 1 Bdrm, Unfurn) 600 1,172 Food 330 842 Car Payments 300 542 Car Insurance 167 375 Gas, Oil, etc. 70 305 Telephone 30 275 Utilities 105 170 Clothing 30 140 Entertainment 30 110 Personal Items 25 85 Furniture, TV, appliances 50 35 Savings 25 10 Miscellaneous 10 0
Minimum Wage vs. Skilled Job You Choose! $7.25 x 40 hrs/wk $290.00 x 52 wks/yr $15,080 Unskilled Labor $13.50 x 40 hrs/wk $540.00 x 52 wks/yr $28,080 Skilled Labor
World-Class Jobs for Texas Scholars
Licensed Vocational Nurse $41,494
Accounting Clerk $19,933
Radiologic Technologist $33,881
Physical Therapy Assistant $32,928
Chemical Technician $33,208
CAD Drafter $35,983
Electronic Technician $35,161
Forensic Science Tech $28,313
Starting salaries with Certificates and 2-year Associate Degrees Source: Texas Workforce Commission—Wage Information Network, Texas Statewide Entry Wage
World-Class Jobs for Texas Scholars Starting salaries with 4-year college degrees
Chemical Engineer $62,269
Wildlife biologist $34,796
Registered Nurse $42,302
Network Administrator $40,759
Teacher-public school $33,587
Physician’s Assistant $61,331
Computer Software Engineer $50,118
Source: Texas Workforce Commission—Wage Information Network, Texas Statewide Entry Wage
Begin thinking about your future www.achievetexas.org
Career Planning Resources www.texasscholars.org or www.kuder.com
College is Affordable
Scholarships and Grants
Completion of the Recommended High School Program is CRITICAL to your being eligible for financial aid.
Prepare Now . . . By making choices that will give you good options later on in your life!
. . .For An Exciting Future
Technological advances will mean exciting new opportunities for those who are prepared.
Competition will be fierce—so strive to do your best . . .