Thirty years ago, one in four jobs in Philadelphia was in manufacturing and required little, if any formal education. Training was on-the-job. Today, only one in twenty such jobs are available and about 70% of jobs require a college education.
College graduates in Philadelphia earn $47,000 a year compared to high school graduates who make less than $20,000 annually. Over a lifetime, a college graduate earns about $2 million –double that of a high school graduate.
The PhillyGoes2College Office, an information and referral center in the Mayor’s Education Office is sponsoring College Awareness Week. “Everything Adults Need to Know about Going to College” for parents, a workshop on planning for students with learning differences, financial aid and scholarships.
College and high school students will work one-on-one on college applications. All programs are free and open to the public; however, students must register for the application workshop.
For locations, call PhillyGoes2College at 215.686.0315 or check the website if you miss a program at PhillyGoes2College.com.
Reported By: Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio