CTE Directions: New report details benefits for Utah women obtaining college degrees or certificates

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education

No matter what level of postsecondary education a woman attains, obtaining a college certificate and/or degree is invaluable.

The importance of students being college and career ready is a much discussed topic today. Equally important to being “ready” for college and career, is ensuring that students follow through and obtain a college degree. In Utah, a majority of young women continue on to college after high school graduation, but a large percentage never finish.

First, let’s define the term college. College means 1, 2, 4 or more — a one-year certification, a two-year associate degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a professional degree. No matter what level of postsecondary education a woman attains, obtaining a college certificate and/or degree is invaluable.

The Governor’s Education Excellence Commission – Women’s College Task Force, the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah State Office of Education and Prosperity 2020 have partnered to achieve the goal of having more Utah women complete postsecondary certificates and degrees.

The report The Benefits of Higher Education for Women in Utah finds:

  • Many young women do not understand the broad value of a college education.
  • Many young women believe they are being encouraged to attend college but not necessarily graduate.
  • Nearly all young women in the study agreed that a college education is “very important” and “wonderful.” Yet, many do not see the urgency of attending college and completing their degrees.
  • Study participants who had not attended or who had dropped out of college truly believe they will obtain degrees “sometime in the future.” However, statistics show that the majority of these women will never return.

There is a much stronger likelihood that a woman will earn a college degree if she attends college immediately after high school. READ MORE.

Mary Shumway is the Director of Career and Technical Education at the Utah State Office of Education. You may reach her at mary.shumway@schools.utah.gov. Learn more about Career and Technical Education on the UtahCTE.org Web site. This is a cross-post from the CTE Directions newsletter, April Educator Edition.

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