Dual-credit offerings help combat rising cost of college

■ Editor’s note: The Imperial Republican and Chase County Schools are cooperating on a twice-monthly column this school year written by Chase County Schools’ administration and selected staff members. With different personnel composing the column, the goa
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Education, is it worth it?
There has been much discussion Nationally about the rising cost of college. Since the 1980s the cost of a four-year college degree has risen steadily and at a greater rate than the growth of wages. So it is not crazy to ponder the question of whether or not it is still worth the money to go to college.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) as the level of education attainment increases, wages rise and unemployment rate decreases. While each level of education has a positive impact, the “sweet spot” still appears to be a bachelor’s (four-year) degree as that is the first level where the unemployment rate is less than the median and the wages are more than the median worker. A college graduate is likely to earn over $1 million more during their lifetime than a high school graduate. In my opinion, it is still worth the investment in education.
Every student has different goals, skills, passions and motivations. There are great jobs available to students who don’t obtain a traditional college degree but we will cover that in a later article. For this article, I will focus on students who plan to pursue a traditional associates or bachelor’s degree and how Dual-credit courses offered at Chase County Schools can help students along their journey.

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