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Ohio task force wants more college degrees

Published: Mon, August 13, 2012 @ 10:24 a.m.

Ohio task force wants more college degrees

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A task force that aims to increase the number of Ohioans with college degrees is convening for the first time.

The 31-member Complete College Ohio task force is led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. The group is charged with finding ways to help a greater number of students plan for, pay for and complete their education.

The first meeting today is being hosted by Bowling Green State University.

The (Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune reports that Ohio’s proportion of adults with bachelor’s degrees in the workforce is in the bottom quarter of the states (38th) — typically 5 percentage points below the national average.

Only 26 percent of adults in Ohio hold a bachelor’s degree, compared with the national average of 31 percent.


1DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

How could the percentage be so low? We're just coming out of the worst recession on record. I would think every parent would be pushing their kids to go to college or a trade school. The days of getting a high school diploma and getting a good job are over.

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2bunkpatrol(378 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

How about "The days of getting a good job are over" ?

Let's stop selling kids on the scam of college. With less than fifty percent of graduates getting career jobs after college, what kind of return on investment is there ?

I graduated YSU with a 3.2 gpa and a Liberal Arts Degree in 1993. That would have been useful had I immediately proceeded to graduate school THEN. Now, even a Master's degree won't produce the return on investment. Educate yourself, but do so cautiously avoiding the institutions that offer promise while ignoring statistics. They are self serving.

Skills for this age: (1) Learn to live on less while still trying to keep gratitude higher than expectations. (2) Learn to grow and preserve food and purify water. (3) Learn to forgive those who came before you who have squandered more wealth and opportunity than you will ever have access to, and left behind only their judgement of you.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Statistics say the better your education, the better your chane of bein employed and earning more money. Your experience will vary from mine but overall, the folks with a degree from college or a certificate from a trade school are going to do better than people with a diploma or no diploma.

Yes, education is expensive and you may not find a job in your field but that's why you have to be realistic about which degree or training to pursue.

The better educated our workforce is, the better chance good emplyers will locate here.

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4bunkpatrol(378 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

...and we may feast on the crumbs they leave for us, having abated their tax burdens, and left us their mess. Used up our bodies for their margins. Squandered our solidarity in the name of worker productivity. All the while privatizing profit and socializing costs. Labeling us "unpatriotic" if we suggest otherwise.

"Let your life be a friction against the machine."
Henry David Thoreau

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5TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The percentage in the Mahoning valley is probably half of the 26% statewide.

College is a good investment but you need to major in something that will produce a job when you get out. If you do well in accounting, engineering, healthcare trades like nursing, or the like you will find work. It may not be in Youngstown, but you will find it.

Majoring in art, english, management, pre-law or the like will get you a piece of paper, and that's about it.

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