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Education: Does One Size Fit All?

Written by: Libby Julia

Is a college education for everyone?  A small, though influential, group of economists and educators say not necessarily.   80% of college students who ranked in the bottom quarter of their high school class have a lower chance of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and even an associate’s degree.  Many of these students begin their quest for a degree, spending time and money with no degree for their efforts.

Though counseling these particular students towards a path different than the traditional college may be seen in a negative light, it could be a viable alternate plan for students who want a career but are not able to make it through college for financial or academic reasons.

There are many vocational programs that can prepare students for careers or provide a learning stepping stone towards the next phase in academic pursuits.

“Among the top 10 growing job categories, two require college degrees: accounting (a bachelor’s) and postsecondary teachers (a doctorate). But this growth is expected to be dwarfed by the need for registered nurses, home health aides, customer service representatives and store clerks. None of those jobs require a bachelor’s degree.” ~ NY Times

As the demands in the workforce change, so should educational alternatives.

New York Times

The Atlantic

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About Libby Juliá-Vázquez

Being Latino's Chief Content Officer, Libby Juliá Vázquez has been with BL since April 2010. She oversees all aspects of the online magazine's strategic direction including content and partnerships. She is also the owner of Write Media, a freelance writing and communications company. Her extensive experience has made her a sought-after expert in content, social media, and editing.

A self-proclaimed gypsy, Libby has lived in New York, Puerto Rico, and Utah, and now resides in Chicago.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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