Jim Stout, an English professor at Williston State College in Williston N.D., started losing some of his best students to the oil fields last year.And good for them! If they're doing what they want to do and making good money at it, what more do they need? Maybe some of those "Occupy (insert city here)" folks need to quit whining, quit expecting others to take care of them, and set the GPS for North Dakota and do something productive.
It was too hard to compete: The students could either spend thousands of dollars on a college education or earn $100,000 a year working on the rigs, performing maintenance on oil wells or driving trucks. ..
Only about one-third of Williston State College students graduated from the two-year associate's degree program last year, said Mike Hillman, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs with the North Dakota University System. That rate has stayed around 35% to 40% for the past few years, but Hillman said he expects it to plunge even lower this school year as students exit early for jobs.
"A lot of students are getting a few credits they need -- like one or two welding courses -- and entering the labor market," said Hillman. link
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
There's Nothing Wrong With This
Not everyone should go to college, and not everyone who does needs to graduate: