There are so many of you that would probably have to consider alternative methods to going to college. It is truly hurtful to me to see young people just give up on continuing their education after high school. Just look at the adults that don’t have higher education degrees of some sort. I don’t know the exact stat, but many of these adults are very successful.

You always hear these kind of success stories about someone starting a multi-million dollar business with $20 in their pocket from the garage… Very inspirational and I only hope more of that can happen.

But it does not.

It turns out that there are certainly many more adults that don’t have a degree that have been hit the hardest by the downturn of the economy. There are many more risks in life now, and you owe it to yourself to make a better life for yourself.  Many of those that do not have a degree struggle a little bit more than those that do have a degree.

I’m one that can justify this. My life went back and forth between several different jobs and 3 different career exploration opportunities. I did not realize where my fit was or would be. So I tried out some things, and sure enough my degree saved me each time and I felt secure because of it. Trust me, one degree gives you many opportunities.

You might be this person.

Considering NOT continuing your education after high school?

Or, if you’re an adult and re-thinking your career choice and/or whether you go back to college, its ideal to consider the many alternative options there are in all different types of colleges.

Many of you need other methods of attending college and making money at the same time.  Times have been slowly changing to reflect these findings. There many 4 year colleges and universities that struggle with Freshmen retention.

This article is taken from the Dec. 17, 2009 electronic version newsletter from Inside Higher Education ( The survey done by The Public Agenda and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This might help you to re-consider your choice, if it is to NOT attend college.

Why Students Leave College

Young adults who attended college but left without graduating are likelier to   attribute their departure to the need to work and make money than to the price of college. They also say that to get students like them to go to college, colleges and policy makers should focus as much on flexible scheduling and financial aid for part-time students as on cutting college prices, according to a survey released Wednesday by Public Agenda and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The survey aims to inject the views of students into a set of policy discussions around college access and completion that are often dominated by higher education officials and policy makers, said Jean Johnson, who directs Public Agenda’s education efforts. The survey compares responses of 22- to 30-year-olds who earned a postsecondary degree or certificate with those who did not, on a wide range of questions about their educational backgrounds, aspirations and experiences, and finds that the need to work and support themselves and their families often overwhelmed their desire to stay in school. More than a third of students who had left college and wanted to return said they would not be able to even if scholarships covered their tuitions and books.


In my classroom presentations for my job that I conduct, I always focus on scheduling and conveniences that a lot of colleges and universities provide to accommodate people more. Even making transportation arrangements for students that could not otherwise travel back and forth to class. There is just so many opportunities now for young people to continue their education until they at least attain some sort of education, or a two-year or four-year degree.