MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

June 7, 2013

College funding a key for success

Area colleges are expected to receive a boost in state funding for the 2014 school year.

That’s a good thing.

But hardly enough.

State schools should be as affordable as possible for any student who wishes to continue his or her education beyond the traditional 12 years.

Every society needs well-educated young people.

Their skills in the workplace feed the economy.

They will become the next wave of leaders.

For the United States to be economically strong, we need a well-educated workforce.

As the cost of an education grows, it discourages students to seek access to college.

It is well known that a college degree means more money in the workplace.

However, if a student is strapped with debt upon graduation, the net gain in salary over a high school graduate is minimized.

The answer comes in better funding for state schools or easier access to financial aid to the student.

Student loans should come at a lower interest rate, too.

We are not just talking about colleges or universities, either.

Not every high school graduate is best suited for college.

Some would make an excellent living working in trades.

It should be easier for students to get an education at places such as the Indian Capital Technology Center.

Most of all, it is important to remember that nearly everyone is better off with some form of higher education beyond high school.

Two years of college is better than none.

State legislators, many of them using the benefits of a higher education, know the value of a well-educated workforce.

They must find a way for students who desire to learn beyond high school to find that path a little easier.

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