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Focusing on what students like to do (interests) and what they're good at (aptitudes) to guide education and career choices.
"What's Next After High School"
Utilizing students' interests and aptitudes to guide choices for education & career.
Changing the college decision-making process from “Where do I want to go?” to “What do I want to be?”
Acquiring marketable skills first, then pursuing higher levels of education.
Pursuing careers that match high-demand, high paying jobs
Two-thirds of all jobs in America require two years or less of higher education!
As of 2018, the average monthly student loan payment (for a borrower aged 20 to 30 years) is $351.
College graduates in 2016 had an average student debt of $37,172. Together Americans owe $1.48 trillion in student debt.
Over 40% of full-time undergraduate students who began seeking a bachelor's degree at a 4-year degree-granting school don’t finish within six years.
Right now, there are more than 8,000 skilled jobs in Minnesota going unfilled. Nationally it's 600,000.
About 2/3 of high school graduates are going off to 4-year universities, but only 1/3 of the jobs in America require that level of education.
Since 1978, the cost of attending college has grown faster than costs in any other sector of the economy, even healthcare!
In 2008, 35% of four-year college graduates were “underemployed” (holding a job that does not require the degree they hold). In 2014 it was 44%.
2/3 of all the jobs in the U.S. economy require 2-years or less of higher education.
Between now and 2025, more than 2 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled because of baby-boomer retirements and a growing economy.
Average student debt has more than tripled in the last 25 years – from $10,000 in 1994 to more than $35,000 in 2015.
The “Job Ratio” in the U.S. Economy is 1:2:7. For every 1 job requiring a master’s degree (or higher), there are 2 jobs requiring a Bachelor’s Degree and 7 jobs that require a 2-year degree or less.