You NEED to go right to college and get your degree, right?

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As area high schools prepare to send more young adult out into the free world, how important is that college degree?

According to NPR there are high-paying trade jobs that sit empty as kids head to college to get their degree. There are over 30 million jobs across the country that pay an average salary of $55,000 that DO NOT require a bachelor's degree.

The message appears to be, graduate high school and go directly to college.

"There is an emphasis on the four-year university track in high schools yet, nationwide, three out of 10 high school grads who go to four-year public universities haven't earned degrees within six years." -  Chris Cortines

 

"Parents want success for their kids. They get stuck on [four-year bachelor's degrees], and they're not seeing the shortage there is in tradespeople until they hire a plumber and have to write a check". - Mike Clifton, Lake Washington Institute of Technology