Here is a guest post by Dawn Marcotte. She contacted me to provide this wonderful post written especially for SpEd students wanting to go to college. Thank you Dawn!
Why College is Important for Special Education Students
The importance of attending college cannot be overstated for everyone who wants to earn a livable income. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77) students who have a college degree earn a median annual salary of $46,900 per year from the age of 25 – 34. Those with only a high school degree earn a median salary of $30,00 for the same ages. They went on to say that 73% of people with college degrees were employed full time.
While these statistics are informative, they don’t explain why college is so important for special education students.
Post-secondary education is so much more than just going to class, passing tests and graduating. College provides opportunities individuals simply won’t find anywhere else. Opportunities for:
- Internships and on the job training
- Learning life skills
- Expanding interests
- Help getting a job after graduation