49 of 50 highest paying occupations require a college degree or higher
70% of the 30 fastest-growing jobs will require an education beyond high school
40% of new jobs will require at least an associate ’ s degree
Nine of the ten fastest growing occupations are in Healthcare or Computers
A Few of the Fastest Growing Occupations 2005-14
Home health aides
Network systems & data communications analysts
Computer software engineers, applications
Forensic science technicians
U.S. Department of Labor
Did You Know?
A person with a college degree on average makes twice as much money as a person with only a high school diploma
Over a lifetime, workers with a college degree will earn nearly $1,000,000 more than workers without a college degree. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004-05
Kentucky full time wage and salary workers, 25 years & older, 2004 average
Our labor force is not expected to keep pace with job growth through 2020
1970 ’ s 1990 ’ s 2010
Source: International Center for Leadership in Education, 2004 The Changing Nature of Jobs
Education and Jobs in the U.S. Educational Testing Service 2003: Standards for What? The Economic Roots for K-16 Reform Professional 20% Unskilled 60% Skilled 20% Skilled 62% Unskilled 12% Professional 26 % 1950 2000-2010
Many of our students are not prepared to be successful at the next level … ..
Postsecondary educators and employers need students who can …
Apply critical thinking skills
Think and write analytically
Draw conclusions from a set of data
Write and speak clearly and concisely
Work effectively with a team
What Do Students Need To Be Prepared To Take in High School?
4 years of Math
4 years of English (English I-IV)
3-4 years of Social Studies (US History, World History, World Geography, Economics, Government)
3 years of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
2 years of the same World Language
1 year Arts & Humanities
At least one credit in Technology
DID YOU KNOW?
Students who take advanced classes in high school are more prepared for college-no matter what their grade is.
Students who take more difficult math courses have greater success at attaining a Bachelors Degree Highest Math Studied Percentage of HS Grads Earning Bachelors Calculus 79.8 Pre-Calculus 74.3 Trig 62.2 Algebra II 39.5 Geometry 23.1 Algebra I 7.8 Pre-Algebra 2.3
And what happens if students aren ’ t prepared?
Students who do not meet the ACT requirement or are missing a required course have to take remedial classes
Students who have to take remedial classes :
Still pay full tuition for the class
Do not get any college credit
And many of our students have to take these courses
Students Entering NKU Fall 2004
No remedial classes 53%
One remedial class 17%
Two or more remedial 29%
2000 Northern Kentucky Graduates Attending KY Four Year Institutions Fall 2000 No Remediation 65% At least one Remedial course 35%
And what happens to those students who have to take remedial classes?
They are much less likely to return sophomore year
They are much more likely to have less than a 2.0 and less than 12 credits at the end of one year
They are far less likely to complete a degree
They are much more likely to leave their institution with debt and no degree
ACT/ GPA Requirements for College University of Kentucky 22-27 ACT 3.3-3.9 GPA College Prep Northern Kentucky University Min. 19 (2005) Min. 20 (2006) 3.0 GPA college prep required Thomas More Min. 20 ACT GPA 2.0/ top 80% of class
ACT Scores 2004 www.act.org Composite United States 20.9 Kentucky 20.3 Math 20.7 19.7 Reading 21.3 20.9 Science 20.9 20.4
Courses Add Points to ACT Less than 3 Math Courses 17.3 Algebra I, II and Geometry +1.8 19.1 Advanced Math +1.7 20.8 Trigonometry +1.9 22.7 Calculus +2.3 25
What if a four-year university isn ’ t for me?
Success in the 21 st century requires education or training beyond high school.
Installing and Maintaining Telecommunication Lines
4-5 year apprenticeship or postsecondary training
Technical reading, Geometry and Trigonometry
Tool & Die workers
4-5 year apprenticeship or postsecondary training
Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry
You Need to Be Prepared
Your future boss will accept nothing less than the best.
What skills will you have to make you stand out from the rest?
How can students prepare themselves for postsecondary education and the workplace?
Be prepared for school each day and have regular attendance
Make homework a priority
Be prepared to take rigorous courses
Set goals early and STICK TO THEM!
And parents should:
Make school a family priority - attendance, homework, doing assignments on time, etc.
Reward academic achievement
Communicate regularly with teachers and counselors
Help your child begin to learn about careers & discuss possible career paths.
Demand that your kids have the rigorous courses they need.
Your school must:
Develop and maintain high expectations for every student
Provide challenging and rigorous courses for every student
Address the academic and career planning needs of every student
Communicate regularly with parents
Follow these steps and feel confident you are prepared for what lies ahead!