Continuing Education ::
 
Why should I get an education higher than a high school diploma or GED?

This is a good question! We understand that you have a lot of obstacles in your way hurting your confidence in achieving in college or vocational school. There are many more reasons to go to get a Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree, or license to perform cosmetology or become a chef!

Don’t let these excuses stop you:
  • Afraid of how much it will cost? We have resources to help you find financial assistance
  • If feeling like you don’t have any support is stopping you, we have resources to find you a mentor!
  • No transportation? Most Colleges and schools give free bus and light-rail passes to students!
  • Don’t know where to start? We have resources to help you get started…even surveys to help you figure out what to go to school for!
  • Want to get a higher education but college isn't for you?  There are TONS of options for you including vocational training, specialty schools, and more!  Use the Arizona College and Career Guide to find a school or training program for you!
  • If you feel like you aren’t smart enough…you are WRONG, you can do what you set your mind to and we can help you through it!
If those excuses are STILL stopping you after our responses, just do us a favor, look over these facts about YOUR potential future. You CAN do this!

How going to college or vocational school will help you:

  • Former foster youth have higher rates of unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, and dependence on public assistance.1
  • The annual income for a person with a bachelor's degree is nearly twice that of someone with only a high school diploma.2
  • In 2005, people with a Bachelor’s degree or higher ages 25 to 34 earned an average of $44,000 per year. People with a high school diploma or GED only earned an average of $26,500.3
  • Those whose education stops with a high school diploma may see their real wages decline over time.4
  • Future generations are more likely to succeed. Children of college grads score higher on national tests of math, reading, and writing skills. 5
  • You decrease your chances of being in poverty by getting a degree, certification, or license beyond a high school diploma or GED.6
  • People with degrees, certifications, or licenses beyond a high school diploma or GED are healthier!7

 

Median Earnings and Tax Payments of Full-Time Year-Round Workers

Ages 25 and Older, by Education Level, 20052 

 

 Notes: Taxes paid include federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes, and state and local income, sales, and property taxes.

 

1 Massing, R. & Pecora, P.J. (2004). Providing Better Opportunities for Older Children in the Child Welfare System. In R.E. Behrman, M.D. (Ed.), The Future of Children, 14(1), 151-164. Los Altos, CA: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
2 Baum, S. & Ma, J. (2007). Education Pays: The benefits of higher education for individuals and society. Trends in Higher Education Series. CollegeBoard. Retrieved on September 21, 2008 from: http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/about/news_info/trends/ed_pays_2007.pdf
3 United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2007). http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77
4 Baum, S. & Ma, J. (2007). Education Pays: The benefits of higher education for individuals and society. Trends in Higher Education Series. CollegeBoard. Retrieved on September 21, 2008 from: http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/about/news_info/trends/ed_pays_2007.pdf
5Ibid
6Ibid
7Ibid

 




 
 

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