Students reconsider their options after high school

RAPID CITY, S.D. – According to the Associated Press, many students believe a high school diploma alone is enough to score a living wage.

The survey, done by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, states that a quarter of students have no plans for post-secondary education.

Statistics show that people with Bachelor’s degrees typically make over $400 more weekly than people who only have college diplomas. Those with Master’s degree make over $600 more weekly.

Rapid City Area School gives insight on the issue.

“I think when you look at local and regional job trends, it paints a picture that shows that you are going to need some sort of training or education beyond high school,” said Dr. Lori Simon, the RCAS superintendent.

Next fall RCAS implements its Pathways program, which will allow students to get a head start in the field that they’re interested in.

“Students will have an opportunity to explore some broad career areas and better identify what they want to do beyond high school, and what kind of training or education or college do they want to take,” said Dr. Simon.

The program exposes students to both professional and technical careers. Some of the programs will help students receive a training certificate.

Dr. Simon states, “I think the most important thing is to find something that excites you, get the training no matter what that looks like. Just know that that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you’re going to do for the rest of your life, but you need to have a starting point.”

Cost is a large concern for students when deciding what to do after high school, but there are career paths that require less schooling and schools that are more affordable.

Some technical careers pay just as much or even more than careers requiring a degree.

For those who want the degree, financial aid, scholarships, or simply going to community college can save you thousands.

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