According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational projections through 2016, they found:

* Of the 30 fastest-growing occupations, half (15) require LESS than a bachelor’s degree.

* Of the 30 occupations with the largest employment growth, more than half (23) require LESS than a bachelor’s degree.

In other words, associate degrees, other postsecondary certification, and on-the-job training, are essential in today’s fastest growing occupations!

All this while student debt for FOUR-year college educations has reached historic proportions. In fact, according to recent news reports, college student debt has hit $1 TRILLION dollars – more than the debt for consumer spending!  ….. The truth is, a young adult can go to college for four years, and end up with a  poorer paying job, and certainly more debt, than if they would have went to school for fewer years, and incurred less debt. It makes no sense!

And yet, when President Obama spoke recently at a Colorado university, all he talked about was devising ways to make a four-year college education more affordable….. that’s fine and well.. but he never once mentioned what I see as the true heart of the problem – too many young people are attending four-year schools! Doesn’t it make more sense for young adults to get training in fields where there are JOBS, not attending college for four years in HOPES of getting a good job without really considering the job market (or lack thereof) for their specific degree?

While there are lucrative jobs waiting for people with four-year degrees, to be sure, universities don’t care to admit  that you can go to school for four years, get a diploma, and still not land a decent job – and even if you ARE fortunate enough to – the enormous debt will hold you back financially for YEARS.

But you don’t have to take my word for it – check out 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree by Laurence Shatkin – JIST Publishing, www.jist.com 

More jobs and less debt  – you’d think it’d be a no-brainer.  Two-year postsecondary schools are good for young adults, they’re good for young adults with disabilities, they’re good for the job training and placement professionals trying to secure jobs for them, and they’re good for the economy.

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