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College & Career Training in Alaska

We can all agree that college is not cheap. Figuring out a clear plan for you to achieve the goal of finishing takes a great deal of time, energy, and finances. Choosing how to invest your money is something to seriously think about, especially when life happens. Did you know that more than half of people who start a college or training program do not finish? If you fall into that category, or know someone who does, we encourage you to try again. Here’s why:

Lower Unemployment Rate

Those who have a college degree have a lower unemployment rate than those with a high school diploma. Not having a degree makes finding a job a bit more difficult.

“Some College” May Not Be Applicable

You may be still categorized in the workforce as a candidate with a high school diploma as your highest education completed even though you have gained college credits.

Return on Investment

Most who have a college degree will earn enough to compensate for their cost of college or career training. The longer postsecondary graduates remain in the workforce, the greater the payoff to their investment in higher education is.

Beneficial Employers

Degree or credential holders are more likely to be employed by an organization that supplies retire, health and other benefits in their employment package.

Earning a Postsecondary Credential Pushes You and Your Earnings Up

In a lifetime, a person with a postsecondary credential can more easily climb the ladder, as well as receive double in earnings than a person with a high school diploma. Also, pursuing a postsecondary credential has the potential to help you find work that you really love!

If you need guidance with where to start, read our blog posts Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment – Where to Start.  For more information about ways to fund your education, read   Tackling Financial Aid with AKCIS and Financial Aid: A date to remember

If you need any help navigating the college process and/or developing a plan for your postsecondary goals, contact the ACPE Success Center 907-269-7980 or ACPESuccessCenter@alaska.gov for free assistance!

 

About the Author

Tyler Eggen

Tyler Eggen

Tyler is Alaskan born and educated, with over a decade of experience in higher education & student affairs.  When he is not serving the next generation of postsecondary education students, he enjoys spending time outdoors while hunting and fishing.

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