“Is college worth it?”
Now that this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is here, we think it’s a good time to focus on one of the best benefits of joining a registered apprenticeship program in preparation for a career: The ability to earn while you learn through a little-to-no-cost training program that teaches real-world skills to set you up for success.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week runs through November 17, and it provides an excellent way to recognize the benefits of apprenticeship and how it is helping so many Americans build solid, satisfying careers.
According to economists, not every young person is right for college, and the option to build a career in the trades may be just the answer for many millennials.
It’s true that many high schools and families continue to push students to attend traditional universities and earn four-year degrees, but with the demand for workers in the construction and other trades continually increasing, some views are changing with regard to what a young person should do after high school.
Like many people in their early twenties, Emily Williams wanted a better future for herself and her family. She’d studied Criminal Justice at Wayne County Community College in Michigan and had worked in the concrete-casting industry, but she struggled financially and wanted something more.
If you scan the shelves of your favorite bookstore or search the internet for literature related to the current state of the university, the quality of college education, or the student loan dilemma, you will find publications with titles that may make you rethink your current view of higher education, including:
Let’s say you go to college, get a degree, and get a good job making a decent living— that’s the best case scenario right? You are now on your way to living the American Dream, but wait, are you?
A September Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey shows more Americans believe a four-year college degree is not worth the cost.
It’s not a secret anymore. The U.S. needs more construction workers. Not only that, but the young men and women coming out of high school and college might be exactly the people to fill this economic gap.