Overwhelmed with students who need years of remediation, some Texas community colleges are steering low-skilled students to adult education or to vocational programs, reports Melissa Ludwig in the San Antonio Express-News.
The article in the San Antonio Express-News goes on to talk about a pilot program which succeeded (90% success) in getting students more ready for college. However the program has been discontinued because of financial issues.
Why does everyone have to go to college? Are there jobs out there where students can make just as good money and not get a bachelor’s?
The answer is yes. Paramedics (a two-year course) make what I make a year as a PhD when they are working in a reasonable market, working two 24-hour shifts a week. Truck drivers make what I make a year. Though I don’t know for sure, I have heard that plumbers make more than that.
If you can make more money with minimal schooling, why are we encouraging students to suffer through remediation which may or may not help them succeed and go to college to get degrees that may or may not get them better jobs? Why must people go to college?