Lately I've been reading about the long-term impact globalization and technology have on today's students, particularly when it comes to achieving their career aspirations and earning potential. I'm also serving on a college-wide committee that's looking at ways to increase LaGuardia's graduation rate. These two issues are linked; students cannot get ahead if they don't have a college degree and the first step for many is graduating from LaGuardia.
In today's economy a college degree is one key to economic opportunity. A report published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, "The College Payoff," reveals that the median lifetime earnings of those with a Bachelor's degree is $2,268,000 while those with a high school diploma have a median lifetime earning $1,304,000. Quite a difference! In addition to a college degree, race, gender and choice of major also have an impact on income and upward mobility. I have attached a link to the article-I think you will find it interesting and the information may be useful as you talk with students about their career choices.