4-Year College for All? Maybe Not

College for all.

It’s become a familiar mantra in the U.S., often wed to the idea that every student should aim for a bachelor’s degree.

But many experts are reconsidering the notion that everyone is cut out for — or even needs — a four-year degree.

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce estimates 63 percent of all job openings between 2008 and 2018 — about 30 million — will require some post-secondary education.

But of those, nearly half will require an associate’s degree or less.

That includes jobs for paralegals, electricians, medical staff, construction managers, dental hygienists and airplane mechanics.

Plenty of people are going to college these days, but not enough are emerging with degrees.

Community college dropouts alone cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion annually, according to a report released this month by the American Institutes for Research.

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HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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