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Why do I need a program of study?


Programs of Study give you the opportunity to explore careers of interest & get college credit during high school.

They also provide direction and help you avoid the expense of changing majors in college.

Here’s the research to back it up:


48% of employed U.S. college graduates are in jobs that require less than a four-year college education.

37% are in occupations requiring no more than a high-school diploma.
- Bureau of Labor Statistic


36% HS Degree or Less
30% Some College/AA Degree
33% BA or Better high school

Source: March CPS data, various years; Center on Education and the Workforce forecast of educational demand to 2018
College for All does not mean everyone needs a BA (Bachelor of Arts). Even in this decade, most jobs do not require a BA. Programs of Study offer concentrated post-secondary education certification, industry credentials, and credit toward associate and bachelor degrees.

A traditional four-year college education of course remains an important pathway to success. But many modern middle-income jobs will require knowledge and skills obtainable through high school CTE classes and certification and associate’s degree programs in community colleges. In some cases, these degrees and credentials provide access to jobs that pay well beyond a middle-class income.
- Morrison Institute for Public Policy


40% of students who start a four-year degree still have not earned a degree after year six.
- College Board


When compared with their peers, dual enrollment students were (12%) more likely to enter college, persist in college, and earned more credits than non-dual enrollment students. Their cumulative GPA’s were also significantly higher.
- The Blackboard Institute


66% of adults polled said, “If I could do it all over again, I would try to get more information about career options.”
- Gallup


Programs of Study aligned with high school and college level Career & Technical Education programs provide students and their families the benefit of early career information and advice so they can make informed decisions about their future. Early career guidance can help students understand the requirements and demands of different careers and devise a path for achieving their goals.
- Morrison Institute for Public Policy