This topic piqued..peaked ? my curiosity because I heard on the
radio that West Virginia has the lowest percentile of any state of graduating seniors going on to higher education.
The percent of seniors going for higher education was 49 %.
The radio show was about a bill before the state legislature to free up more $$$ for scholarships & grants.
I think $$$ is important, but access is MORE important.
I attended my local community college--lived at home, qualified for a couple of grants-- and each semester cost less than $500.
Having to travel > 100 miles, I probably would not have done it.
" " " >200 miles, I know I would not have done it.
If we hear of plans for a community college being discussed in our towns, I think we should get involved and vote for / approve the bond sales to finance these schools.
In my little town, it took 12 years from the time the junior college
idea was hatched until the first student enrolled.
This junior college graduates many-many-many trained/professional/skilled workers.....people who now have the means to earn a good living.
There's electricians, air-conditioning men, nurses ADN, LVN/LPN,
operator positions for the chemical plants, computers--all kinds of jobs-- hundreds of positions are listed in their catalogue.
Prior to opening this community college, most kids after high school graduation hung out, got married, moved away, guys went into fishing, logging, or working on someone's farm.