Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Pay for technical degrees competes

MeetthePresIn a tough job market, some students earning a technical college diploma are getting paid more than students with a bachelor's degree.

Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Joe May believes that Louisiana needs to do a better job communicating the benefits of two-year degrees.

"I totally agree with Dr. May," said Charles Strong, Regional Director Northwest Louisiana Technical College. "Additionally, a larger portion of the 21st century workforce is available to employees with less than a four year post-secondary education, than is available to bachelor and above. We should be emphasizing preparation for where the jobs are."

May spoke to the Press Club of Baton Rouge and said that schools should have the authority to set their own tuition and to charge more for high-cost, high-demand programs as a means to stay competitive.

"I agree with that up to the point of diminishing returns, where you raise your tuition so high where you lose your students," Strong said.

Strong and May agree that technical college degrees are outweighing pay and the current job market trend versus a four year degree.

"We need to remember to prepare children for the career fields where employability exist, rather than sending them off to a fantasyland," Strong said.

He said the need to accentuate the opportunity for students to pursue skilled and technical careers is of importance because that is where most of the careers are.






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