Friday with Ferrel

Why graduating from high school isn’t enough

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Ferrel Guillory is the Director of the Program in Public Life and Professor of the Practice at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, and the Vice Chairman of EducationNC.

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  • Mebane Rash

    Do you think graduating from high school is enough?

  • Emil Barnabas

    Thanks Ferrel. This is what I have been preaching for many years. A high school diploma says you had enough seat time and passed the right tests. Neither of these skills are highly valued by employers. All of the job projection data say that further education and training is needed past high school. This could mean 4-year degrees, 2-year degrees, single community college courses, or even an apprenticeship program. Just high school is not enough.

    Thanks for EdNC. Looking forward to more dialog.

  • Annette Burton

    In today’s world more
    training is necessary after high school. The community college is
    prepared to train individuals with many career choices and employers demand
    this in-depth level of training. Many employers have partnered with the
    community colleges to get their workforce trained to meet the demands necessary
    in order that they are prepared to complete tasks for business success.
    Four-year colleges provide training for higher level jobs such as
    supervisory and management levels. Many jobs in the healthcare fields, and many
    other fields for that matter, are requiring that four-year degree to qualify
    for jobs that in years past were hiring workers with associate’s level
    education. The majority of our workforce
    needs community college training to qualify for entry level jobs and to provide
    a solid foundation for individuals to move forward toward the bachelor’s degree
    for advancement. High school does
    provide training for entry level, minimum wage jobs, but more education is
    needed to move higher out of minimum wage jobs.