In 2016, the only thing more expensive than going to college…was NOT going to college.
According to the College Board, tuition for the 2016-2017 school year cost an average of $33,480 for private institutions, $9,650 for in-state residents at public universities, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents at public universities. In short: picking up the tab for a 4-year degree was just out of the question for many young US high school graduates.
So, what’s the alternative? For many people, it’s really not much of a choice.
Out of the roughly 3 million students who graduated high school last year, 1.1 million did not enroll in college. Statistically, 1 out of 8 of these graduates will be unemployed by the time they’re 25 years old. For those who do find work, average earnings will top out at $28,000/yr.
In 2015, Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias launched a nonprofit called Road to Hire aimed at helping high-performing high school graduates from low to moderate income homes break into successful careers – without a college degree.
Road to Hire provides paid professional training, personal development, and job placement in the fields of sales and technology – where average earnings start at $45,000/yr. Their ultimate goal is to 1) boost economic mobility in the Charlotte area and 2) create awesome opportunities for motivated, highly-driven young people, regardless of their backgrounds.
As part of a special “RV Diaries,” we asked three current students on the Road to Hire Sales track to show what a “day in the life” of the program actually looks like. Here’s what they got:
Applications for Summer 2017 are now open! Start your application or share this link with someone who should apply: www.roadtohire.org.
The RV Diaries is an ongoing series in which real RV employees share their experiences – inside and outside of work. Watch more RV Videos on YouTube.
About the Author:Kelly McMurtrie | Senior Creative Producer
Kelly is a Senior Creative Producer on the Red Ventures Corporate Communications team and the secret voice behind our website content, video content, and social media. She is currently writing about herself in the third person.