Wise to skip college? Really?

Recently some high profile individuals have claimed that they didn’t need a college degree to become successful. Most people realize that these multi-millionaires are the exception and not the rule.

The Pew Research Center in May 2011 published a comparison:

. . . the typical adult with a bachelor’s degree (but no further education) will earn $1.42 million over a 40-year career, compared with $770,000 for a typical high school graduate. That $650,000 difference narrows somewhat, to $550,000, according to the analysis, after factoring in the expenses of going to college and the four years of potential earnings that college graduates give up while they are in school.

Today Time Magazine published a very brief but poignant piece on behalf of higher education, and specifically the value of community colleges.

We at Rock Valley College agree.