President Calls for Postsecondary Education, Leaves Out Certifications
May 31, 2013
President Calls for Postsecondary Education, Leaves Out
In a rose garden event this morning, President Barack Obama called
attention to the doubling of interest rates on student loans set to occur on
July 1. President Obama also used the event to advance the message that all
students graduating from high schools today will need some form of
postsecondary education to succeed in today’s economy.
A striking omission in his speech though was an acknowledgement that a postsecondary credential includes
more than just a degree. Here is a quote from the event:
do we make sure our workers earn the skills and education they need to do the
jobs that companies are hiring for right now, and are going to keep hiring for
in the future? We know that the surest path to the middle class is some
form of higher education -- a four-year degree, a community college degree, an
advanced degree. You’re going to need more than just a high school
education to succeed in this economy.
“And the young people here today, they get
that. They’re working through college; maybe just graduated. And
earning their degree isn’t just the best investment that they can make for
their future -- it’s the best investment that they can make in America’s
While it is true that every student needs “more than just a
high school education to succeed,” it is not true that the only postsecondary
options are degrees. In fact, 27 percent of people with less than an associate degree, including
certificates, certifications and licenses, earn more than the average bachelor
degree recipient. Additionally, 43 percent of people with less than an associate degree earn more than the
average person with an associate degree.
We need the President and our Members of Congress to know
that every student does need a postsecondary credential and that includes more than just degrees.
Career and technical education can put every student on a
path to a postsecondary credential as early as high school in in-demand fields
such as healthcare, construction, biotechnology, culinary arts, engineering, mass
media and cybersecurity.
Use the CTE Action Center to
tell your Members of Congress and the President to support CTE!