The Union Recorder

Editorials

February 26, 2014

Opportunities key to retaining locals after graduation

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

A 2011 study indicated that people with a bachelor’s degree make 84 percent more over the course of a lifetime than high school graduates, an earning increase from 1999 when the same study indicated a bachelor’s degree resulted in a 75 percent earnings increase.

The picture for less-educated workers is increasingly growing bleaker. As employers increasingly tout the need for education and training beyond high school to fill today’s jobs there’s certainly value for any community to offer as many training options as possible. Offering another alternative for a four-year degree in Milledgeville is a sound, supportive means that can help one day retain local students as local taxpaying, working  professionals.

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