More Education Leads to More, Higher Paying Jobs. Let's make sure that's in the future for our students!
It is well understood that Ohio’s economy has seen a rapid shift from a primarily manufacturing-based economy. Today the finance industry as well as innovative science and technology industries such as the aerospace and aviation boast many jobs in Ohio.
Today unfortunately, we experience (a) more of our highly educated young people leaving those who choose to stay in Ohio or move to here to work; (b) an all-time high for the cost of higher education in Ohio; and (c) a historic high of statewide unemployment, making affordable attainment of a post secondary degree in critical demand.
According to Occupational Trends 2006-2016, put out by Ohio's Jobs and Family Services, 86 percent of jobs in American require more than a high school diploma.
Ohioans who earn at least an Associates Degree earn a median income $8,356 higher than those with a high school diploma, on average. This difference increases to $19,650 with bachelor degree attainment.
On top of that, the cost of higher education in Ohio has doubled over the past century. Ohio students pay approximately $2,300 more per year of undergraduate study than the national average, amounting to a total of $18,400 (if graduating in 4 years) or $27,600 (if graduating in 6 years) more than the average U.S. College student.
Ohio is currently ranked 10th in the nation for the average amount of college student debt at 4-year institutions and 9th for the proportion of students who have college debt.