Should more or less people be going to college?

In the 21st century, most people acquired high school diplomas and obtained well paying jobs. At the time, most companies offered training programs for the jobs they offered and managed to retain the workers they employed for many years. However, the global job market has changed making employers to hire people who are fully trained on in their area of specialization .Moreover; jobs are constantly changing with introduction of technology and elimination of most workers in organizations. As a results jobs that were operational ten years ago, do no longer exist in the job market today (Procon 1).

Today people are more learned resulting in an excess number of people requiring employment. Thus, more students are opting to attend colleges to attain higher levels of education and more skills that will give them an advantage over their diploma counterparts in job interviews. In addition, colleges are offering trainings that were originally offered by employers in organizations, reducing the cost of training employees . More people should be going to college since the process of attaining a job is easier. However, it is difficult for the parents because of increasing cost of tuition fees in colleges (Procon 2).

Advantages of attending colleges

            Increasing student potential and critical thinking

Students should attend colleges to increase their potential of earning higher wages and sharpen their minds. Colleges expand student’s minds and enables them become critical thinkers, problem solvers, philosophers, people who make informed decisions and have good communication skills . College attendees have higher cognitive powers because they learn practical skills that require proper reasoning to pass tests given.

College tutors offer challenging tests, and course work that demands critical thinking to attain required grades and earn certificates.

            Higher wages

Parents are struggling to pay higher tuition fees in colleges because of higher returns on wages paid. College graduates make more money in their lifetime earnings that those who graduate with high school diplomas. A degree is not earning much return on investment that it used to earn . As college tuition go up, people are still investing in college education. Reasons being college degree are earning higher wages on employment than university degree. College graduates are earning higher wages in lifetime than non-degree holders.

Options

Colleges are earning many job options after attaining a degree and more options on courses students want to learn to obtain the degree . There are more flexible programs such as online and semi-online classes, evening and weekend classes, and traditional classes. The flexibility offered makes everyone secure time to learn and increase their education (Pro Con 3).

            Community colleges

Colleges are now divided into community and private colleges. There are options of attending community colleges, which are less costly. Students are offered similar competitive environment like those in private colleges. Moreover, there are supportive learning environments resembling those in private colleges (AL-Bataineh 476). Instructors are qualified like those in four-year schools. Teachers are available all the time and attend their students on one-on-one basis because of small sizes of classes. This is unlike in universities where lecturers are seldom available as they are busy writing papers and researching.

University lecturers leave assistants to teach. There are available and enough facilities, amenities, and technologies in community colleges like those offered in universities. Students who attend colleges have an advantage of becoming more independent, learning how to communicate with people of different cultures, manage their finances and improve their foreign language skills. They form a network of friends who are beneficial in the future. The friendships yield chances for internships, volunteers, part-time jobs that assist in getting permanent employments.

Disadvantages of college education

            Higher tuition costs

Students who attend colleges pay higher tuition fees compared to diplomas. Tuition costs are skyrocketing which is related to the aftershocks of the recession in 2008. Tuition costs are higher than the country’s inflation rate making more students unable to afford college fees. The rate of tuition fee has increased with 300% from 1990, which is almost four times national inflation. As a result, most families are unable to save for the future and opt to pay expensive tuition fee for their children with a hope of better wages ad employments (Ghose 1).

In conclusion, students should attend colleges despite the higher costs of tuition and may suffer from homesickness. The greater advantage is the availability of community colleges that offer similar amenities and education like other private colleges. College graduates have a hope of earning higher wages after employment unlike diploma certificates. There are more options in courses offered in colleges leading to wider options in job procurement . College students unlike university graduates are trained more of practical skills than much theory taught in universities. The skills make college graduates more competitive in job markets since they have employers’ requirements than other diploma holders. The main target of going to school is to have a well paying job thus, more and more students should enroll for college courses to get better practical skills required by employers and earn higher wages.

References

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Ghose, T. (2013) .Is College worth the money? Live science. Retrieved from             http://www.livescience.com/37030-college-pros-and-cons.html

AL-Bataineh, A. (2003).challenges, advantages and disadvantages of instructional technology in             the community college classroom. Community College Journal Of Research And          Practice, 27,473-484.