Every bit of education you get increases your earning potential - the average salary of a high school graduate is $15,000 less per year than a person with a Bachelors degree.. Better yet, further education decreases your odds of unemployment.
Demand:Training:Flexibility:Experiences: Make friends, meet people, build connections, and explore your interests.
IHCC: Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IANCMC: North Central Missouri College, Trenton, MOMACC: Moberly Area Community College, Moberly, Kirksville etc.
The skinny on college
The Skinny on College
Why Go to College?The more education you have, the more you’ll make on average and the lower your chances will be of being unemployed.
Still Not Convinced?• Demand• Training• Flexibility• Experiences
Demand• According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.
Training• Most good jobs – those that awful strong salaries and benefits - will require more than a high school diploma, even at the entry level.
Flexibility• The work world is changing at a hectic pace, and rarely does a person stay working for one company or even in one occupation anymore. Education gives you greater flexibility in changing careers.
Experiences• Higher education not only gives you skills, it can give you first-hand experience. It also allows you to meet new people and make new friends who can serve as career connections in the future. And alumni networks help as well.
Types of Colleges• 2 year colleges• 4 year colleges• Technical Programs
2 Year Colleges• Community and Junior Colleges – Moberly Area Community College – Indian Hills Community College – North Central Missouri College• Offer certificates and associates (2 year) degrees• Usually less expensive than four year colleges
4 Year Colleges• Universities and Colleges – Truman State University – Mizzou – Culver Stockton College• Offer four year bachelors degrees in a wide variety of subjects• Often will be more costly and require students to live on campus, but offer the most academic and social opportunity
Technical Schools• Examples – Linn State Technical College – Ranken Technical College• Offer career-orientated training programs and some offer associates degrees.• Costs can vary based upon the program.• Example programs – Heavy equipment operation, Automotive technology, HVAC, Computer Programming, Aviation maintenance
The Missouri A+ Program• Tuition and fee reimbursement at a qualifying 2 year school• To earn A+ benefits you must meet certain criteria• Talk to your high school’s A+ Coordinator for more information
How Can I Prepare Now? Seniors• visit campuses and talk to college reps at your school• Take the ACT• compile an activities list• apply for scholarships
Juniors• talk to college representatives when they come to your school and attend college fairs• Take the ACT• Explore schools on the web
Freshmen, Sophomores, AND Juniors• Talk to your counselor and your BULLDOG mentor about your career aspirations and school plans• Utilize your family, friends, and connections to discuss careers, perhaps even job shadow• Use Missouri Connections to explore careers• Get involved: sports, clubs, service, part time jobs