Wisconsin’s Workforce Needs: A Growing Demand for College Grads

While it’s true that finding a good job without a college degree is possible, the odds of securing career-caliber work without higher education will only decrease in the coming years. By 2020, it’s projected that “62% of all jobs in Wisconsin will require education beyond high school” [1]. As it stands, only “42% of Wisconsinites hold an associate’s degree or higher” [1]. You do the math (hint: higher education=opportunity).

By continuing your education at a Wisconsin private, nonprofit college or university, you not only increase your chances of a high-earning career, but also ensure:

  • Affordability: 96% of all undergraduates receive financial aid [2]
  • Quality: our students’ chances of graduating in four years are 60% higher than public college students [2]
  • Personal support: the average class size at our institutions is 16 students [2]

Many college students from private, nonprofit institutions experience quick transitions from college to career life, with 91% of graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation [3]. Additionally, opportunistic students benefit from internships during and after school. More than 75% of employers indicate that the primary reason for developing an internship is to recruit and hire full-time, entry-level talent [4].

Our colleges also offer flexibility for adults in the workforce to complete their degrees. With our accelerated degree programs, online programs, veteran support, and other options, earning a degree is far more realistic than you might realize.

The numbers don’t lie. Earning your degree increases your chances of having an enriching career and a better tomorrow. Start planning your future by scheduling a college visit today. When you schedule a college visit during Wisconsin Private College Week (July 8 – 13, 2019), you’ll get a checklist of things to do before, during, and after your college visit, as well as a list of questions to help in your financial planning.

Sources:

[1] Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Lumina Foundation, A Stronger Nation Report, 2016.

[2] IPEDS 2016-17

[3] NACE First-Destination Survey, 2017

[4] WI Department of Workforce Development, 2017

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