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The Importance of Continuing Education

Did you know that  the average student loan amount for college graduates in 2015 was $35,000? That was just three years ago. The cost of a college education is on the rise, and for multitudes of people, lack of funds hinders them from attending college. With that being said, is continuing education even necessary?

Most people from the U.S. know that education is a requirement enforced by the federal government for all children and young adults from kindergarten until twelfth grade. At the foundation, the purpose of education is to equip all citizens to achieve academic excellence for our country to compete globally. Over time, this purpose has evolved. At the end of the day, no matter where or how a person is educated, the importance is that they are being taught.

4E9A0032 copyWhere education in the states gets rather complicated is in higher education. Once students graduate from high school, they are presented with a choice to go right into their career, enroll into a two-year program, choose a four-year college or university, participate in a trade school, or find some other way to spend their time. Despite the several benefits of a college degree, many ponder whether or not higher education is essential. All of the options high school students have to choose from after graduating have pros and cons that go along with them. Although college is not for everyone, there are many advantages for those with a college degree.

Why should someone go to college? One of the most obvious reasons is to make more money later on in life. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a chart that shows the facts that show, in general, the more educated one is, the higher their salary and the lower their risk of unemployment is . As a Christian institution, Greenville University does not influence their students to come experience the college life in Greenville so that they can earn more money, but rather, they want students to choose Greenville so that they can provide the necessary resources that allow them to fulfill God’s purpose for their life.

Another case for continuing education is the opportunities and connections it provides. 

You will meet lots of people during your college career. At Greenville University, faculty and staff relationships with students are highly valued. Also, many students hold on-campus positions that help them get connected. Athletics, clubs, leadership positions, and jobs are just a few examples of great ways to get connected. Post-graduation, students with college degrees have many opportunities that others without a degree do not. When applying for a job, a college degree gives applicants a leg-up on their competitors. 4E9A7218 copy

College is a fresh start. It allows young adults to get out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves, and learn new things. It also helps them gain independence. These are all things that prepare people to be successful in the “real world.” In other words, they will be better equipped to achieve their goals and follow their dreams. Not to mention, college is fun!

All of these pros sound awesome, so what is stopping people from getting a college degree? The most significant factor is tuition costs. However, before you assume that college is not an option for you, do your homework. There are many ways to pay for college. Scholarships are available for a variety of students, and many are not taken advantage of. So, if this is you, look deeper into what it would take for you to go to college.

Continuing education is important. With a college degree, the odds of obtaining a job are much higher, pay is more significant in most situations, it provides opportunities and connections like no other setting, allows for personal and professional growth, and prepares young adults to be successful citizens. If you are on the fence about going to college, speak with a representative with Greenville University. It may seem like a big hurdle to return to school, but we'll be with you every step of the way. 
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