Reports and articles continue to echo the same message: postsecondary credentials will play a critical role in securing a job. A recent article in The Bellingham Herald, a Washington state newspaper, highlighted a recent national reports and state statistics that reinforce the notion that credentials are no longer an option for individuals who cannot succeed in traditional four-year institutions.
The article features reports such as Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-Baccalaureate Certificates, which both suggest that credentials will play a key role for individuals who seek employment.
Further, in Florida, a recent report based on the state’s employment data shows that â€œstudents who earn certificates or associate of science degrees can make more money in their first year out of college than four-year graduates of Florida’s university system,â€ the article said.
Willis Holcombe, chancellor of Florida’s fast-growing community college system was quoted saying that the unemployment numbers are “a powerful case for some postsecondary credential, not just going to classes, but completing a credentialâ€¦If you want to insulate yourself against unemployment, you need a career.”