No Education, No Advancement

No education, no advancement, is what many employees are being told. Education has become more important than ever! The government is now requiring a bachelors or masters degree depending on the job. In most cases they are very basic in nature but written on paper they appear more than what they really are. 

Education and Employment:

Employers are starting to institute educational requirements for advancement and employment. I have witnessed this first hand. I worked a position that did not require a degree, however, after my employer conducted some studies they changed that requirement for new hires. A bachelor degree is now required. We also had another department that recently did some salary structuring and found that the representatives we not up to industry standards. So they raised their salary substantially, however, everyone did not benefit. Representatives who did not have their bachelor’s degree did not receive the pay increase. I am saying all this to show the importance of education and the benefit of President Obama’s proposal in helping close this gap.

Many job descriptions are clear on the minimum educational requirements that are required for a particular job. This has become an overwhelming issue for young and old alike. The young who didn’t have the opportunity to attend college and the older generation who never had to deal with education because experience trumped education when they started their careers many years ago.

However, over the last couple of years there have been many instances where education or the lack of, have caused employees to be terminated. This can be looked at in some instances as another form of discrimination. In many cases employees who have been on their job for 15-20 years are in pickle. Starting over after 50 or 60 is no walk in the park for most people.   These are tenured people who now have to go back to school to advance or keep their job, forced into retirement or have to seek employment elsewhere.

If you have been employed for 20 years and your employer tells you that if you don’t get your bachelor or masters degree in 5 years you will be terminated. How would you feel about this? Do you think this is fair practice?

President Obama is working on a free community college initiative that will allow many people to attend community college and earn an Associate’s degree for free.

Education is costly and having the opportunity to attend school for the first two years with the opportunity to transfer all credits to a four-year institution is ideal for many low and middle-income families. There are so many other benefits as well. Families can see their children realize their dream of attending college without the burden of having to take out loans. In a two-year college some can possibly live on campus. Students can still get the college experience just on a smaller scale that might in many cases prove to be more beneficial and keep students on track. This also helps with retention and excelling because students will look forward to attending a four-year university or college knowing half of their education has already been paid for. This means they don’t have to stay in school any longer and it changes the dynamics of getting a bachelor’s degree in five to seven years.

The Proposal:

The proposal that President Obama is working on is amazing in many ways.

This is not a ticket for some people to take advantage of it, but to help those that really need the assistance. This proposal outlines certain criteria that also have to be meet and followed. This includes maintaining a 2.5 GPA, show progressive success in your studies. The school and higher education also have to play a part in the success of this proposal. The community college has an “expectation to offer programs that will allow credits to fully transfer to local public four-year colleges and universities, or occupational training programs with high graduation rate and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates” (“President Obama’s Proposal for “Free” Education at U.S. Community Colleges”, 2014).

The federal government will provide funding that will “cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students”.

Pew Research Center has conducted research showing the importance of attending college. This research shows the “gap between college-educated and less-educated Millennials compared with previous generations. Millennials have lower unemployment and poverty rates than their less-educated peers” (Caumont, 2014).



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