By 2020, three quarters of all jobs in Minnesota will require some form of post-secondary training beyond high school. But are students ready, and are they prepared? Not very, according to a survey conducted by the Youth Truth, a nonprofit organization. There were three key findings in this survey: students want to go to college but feel unprepared; they feel even less prepared for a career, and they admit they are not taking advantage of support services to prepare them for their future.
I am also concerned that earning a degree or a certification is becoming more difficult due to finances alone. The cost of a post-secondary education is rising, and as tuition and expenses go up, the number of students from moderate to low-income households who are able to afford to pay goes down. This results in one of two things: they either don't go to college or they assume significant debt.
There are many resources for educators, students, and parents that can help you explore this idea of career and college readiness. Below are a few that I would recommend for those of you who'd like to read on. I am sure your own online searches will take you even further.
- Ready, Set, Go - A resource provided by the Minnesota Department of Education
- A Parent's Guide to College and Career Readiness - A resource provided by the University of Minnesota
- Pathways to Prosperity - A comprehensive report about the summarizes the assets in the Twin Cities and Minnesota to support this work. I highly recommend reading this report.
For now, enjoy this beautiful spring weather!
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