Let's help rural students get in the college game, says Virgina Tech football coach

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today, further education beyond high school is even more important. By 2020, 60 percent of all jobs in America - including Virginia - will require education and training beyond that represented by a simple high school diploma.

Like my mom and dad, we parents owe it to our children to help them find a path to success in education, a career and life. If you don't think an education makes a difference in what a person can earn, please see the nearby chart.

A person without a high school diploma earns about $26,000 per year. With just some college - not necessarily an associate's degree, perhaps just an industry certification - an individual earns just over $40,000 per year. Working for 40 years - ages 22-62 - people with some training and education past high school would earn an additional $560,000 during their career over and above what they might have earned if they had dropped out of high school.

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