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Why is college necessary in some states?

is it to get a possible better life or have a better education?

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Alan’s Answer

Estrella, the answer to both questions is potentially yes. College isn't required in any state, but there might be a higher percentage of jobs in some states that require a college education. I think it's safe to assume that while no college is perfect, one's education would be vastly improved by attending college. And some of that is up to the student, in regard to how seriously he or she takes his/her studies and what classes he/she takes and for what purpose. As for a better life, that depends on each individual's perspective on what a good life encompasses. It's more likely that one will make a lot more money if one attends college, so if money can buy a "better life," that's one answer. I think that more important is that college opens up a lot of careers that might be personally enjoyable and fulfilling that would be unavailable to someone without a college education. In college one meets people, participates in activities and explores oneself and the world, and all of that can enrich one's life. But there are other things that go into a "good life" that have little to nothing to do with college, like the quality of the relationships one builds, the meaningfulness of one's life, one's attitude, etc. That would be on you irrespective of college.
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Paul’s Answer

I always encourage people to get as much education and training as possible.

The reason is because our society is changing. Technology and the Artificial Intelligence Revolution is here.

Specializing is starting to go the way of the horse and buggy, and we need to adapt and evolve as people, employees, and the future occupations that we choose to pursue.

Writer, David Epstein, has stated that "Generalist's" are going to rule the world in the future. So, all the education that you can attain, the cross training and certifications you can get, and the diversity of areas that you can work in, will enable you to transfer into other areas and occupations.

This will make you an employee who is extremely valuable and inexpendable.
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david’s Answer

First, no state requires a college education. Young people are encouraged to get a better education than high school because our country needs skill and talent in many career areas. Further, you will enjoy a happier life if you are doing something helps you feel you are contributing to a better world. And the salary is much better than attempting to be successful with just a HS education. A better education will always result in a better life. It is not so much about money, but about personal sense of achievement. I wish you well.
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Mack’s Answer

While a four-year college degree isn't a must-have, as Alan points out, the experiences you gain during college can significantly enrich your life. However, it's important to remember that a substantial portion of job opportunities don't necessitate a college degree. Many of these roles offer attractive salaries, stimulating work, and lifestyle perks. Numerous high schools also offer technical training that aligns with what employers are looking for. By opting for this route, you can save the hefty sum that a college education demands and start earning right after high school. Alternatively, you could consider acquiring certification in technical skills during high school or at a technical college.

Your high school counselor is there to assist you in identifying your interests, abilities, and skills. With their guidance, you can then determine the education your career choice requires. Although it might not be a straightforward decision, it's a worthwhile endeavor that can pave the way for a successful life.
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