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November 14 - November 20, 2011

In today’s economy, what path would you advise next for a new high school graduate?

Answers Votes
4-year college 54%
2-year college 18%
Trade school 12%
Work full time; defer additional education. 15%

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Comment from Ken Sisco, (11/14/2011, 2:58 AM)

An option would be to enlist in military, and pursue education after enlistment.

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (11/14/2011, 11:49 AM)

Two year college is a stepping stone for 4 year college. Funding or lack of confidence is often the deterrent for kids to further their education. My son thought for 15 years that he could not cut it in a 4 year college. Yet, at age 35, he is taking classes funded by grants for people laid off. He is excited to discover he can learn at his own pace while exploring different subjects. He may move into the Trades or go on to a 4 year college. I think those two options are rarely discussed with kids in 4 year colleges. They expect high-salary jobs upon graduation. That isn't realistic in our present economy.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (11/15/2011, 8:08 AM)

Really, it depends on the person. 4-year college, 2-year college (with option of transfer to a 4-year) Trades, straight to work and the military are all viable options which can result in a good living. Going straight to a 4-year school is the most expensive and probably riskiest option financially. Student loans pile up fast - Universities have gotten amazingly expensive with fat bankrolls paid for by student debt.

Comment from Ron Cros, (11/15/2011, 12:46 PM)

Even though I feel a 4 year college is the best path, not all people can take that route, and for many different reasons. If money is no problem and you have the grades than it is a no brain-er. If you don't like school and haven't perform well in school, a trade or the military might work, however the military's standards have gone up quite a bit.

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