Has the goal of universal college for all done more harm than good? In his new book that will be released April 12, There is Life After College, writer, columnist, and thought leader Jeff Selingo argues that the implications of universal college are far-reaching, including the shortage of workers in middle-skills industries, such as manufacturing. With nearly 25 million new middle-skills jobs opening in the next decade and baby boomers retiring, we need more post-high school pathways that “serve a greater array of industries as well as students who don’t want to travel down the one route we offer to them now.” Three things are on the rise indicating a change in attitude towards the one size fits all mentality: 1) apprenticeship programs; 2) college debt; and 3) apprenticeship programs where students graduate debt-free. In other words, 21st century students want to build workforce-ready skills in an effective, cost-efficient way.
Debt-Free and I Know It
Apr 01, 2016