Friday, April 18, 2014

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Parents Guide Introduction

Why Is Higher Education So Important?

Higher education is defined as further education after high school completion. Today’s job market reflects the difference in salary between educational levels as seen below.

Earnings in Higher Education
Earnings in 2007 by Educational Attainment of the Population 25 Years and Over taken from
*Note: The income is based on year-round full-time workers. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008.


Is Education after high school necessary?

A high-school diploma alone is not sufficient to access jobs that pay above average. Education is the great equalizer, and while you may not have a university degree, don’t under estimate parental influence on your student’s life. Research recently completed by Duke University confirms that parent involvement does matter particularly when your son/daughter/family member decides whether or not to go to college, or when thinking about future jobs opportunities. Spend time with your student to consider career options. Upon becoming a Southwestern College student, career assessment career and counseling resources are readily available and are free.