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Do You Really Need a College Degree?

A college degree is not the only path to a high paying job. Many Americans are accruing large amounts of student loan debt, and upon graduation may not secure the high paying job they thought a degree would guarantee. There are numerous six-figure jobs that do not require a college degree, such as network managers, IT managers, court reporters, construction managers, fire chiefs, air traffic controllers, plumbers, and radiation therapists. High school students should be made aware of these alternative options, as well as the importance of sound, biblically based financial education to avoid accruing debt. Resources such as Roger Braker’s book “Poverty Vs Wealth” and Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” can help individuals manage and eliminate debt.

The idea that a college degree is the only path to a high-paying job is a myth. Many Americans are burdened with student loan debt and end up in jobs that do not pay as well as they had hoped. There are numerous six-figure jobs that do not require a college degree and involve training that is a fraction of the cost of four-year college tuition. High schoolers should be made aware of these options and given sound, biblically-based information about money management. Alternative options include books like Poverty vs Wealth by Roger Braker and tools offered by Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.

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