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New Database Shows How Student Earnings Compare For Florida Colleges

Lots of schools promise to train students to be nurses, technicians or other in-demand medical careers. But a new federal database shows that isn’t always the case. At some schools only a small percentage of students who attend using federal grants or loans earn more than a high school graduate a decade after enrolling in […]

Tampa Bay Counties Partner with Germany for Student Apprentice Program

Not every high school student wants to or even needs to go to college, but graduating students without a college degree may have a hard time gaining entry or experience at companies hiring for high paying, high skilled jobs. A local program is trying to bring that experience to graduating students. Seven years in the […]

How The Internet Is Helping Florida Students Pay For Their Education

Ashley Jean is graduating from Miami’s iPrep Academy this week. And then she’s planning to travel the world. Jean will start a global studies program through Long Island University that will eventually take her to places like Costa Rica, Australia, Bali and Spain. That’s a lot of plane tickets. “I don’t want money to be […]

Explaining Florida’s For-Profit College Industry

Miami Herald reporter Michael Vasquez has spent a year digging into Florida’s for-profit college industry for a series called Higher Ed Hustle. About 300,000 Florida students attend a for-profit college, which often specialize in training low-skill workers for a new career. But students often find their degree doesn’t qualify for the career they were seeking, […]

Job Market Improving For Recent College Grads, But Pay Is Not

New college graduates are finding it easier to land their first job  — and unemployment rates are dropping for most degree holders. But paychecks are still getting smaller for most recent grads, according to a study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The study shows that unemployment was down for nearly every […]

A Q & A With The President Of Florida’s Newest University

This coming Saturday marks the grand opening for Florida’s 12th state university. Florida Polytechnic University, in Polk County, will offer a tuition-free education focused on science, technology, engineering and math — STEM — to its inaugural class of about 550 students. They start on August 25th. President Randy Avent sat down with Robin Sussingham from […]

Where Should Programming Fit Into Florida School Requirements?

Lots of people think teaching students computer programming is a good idea. But where coding fits in schools is a difficult question. Is it a science? A language? Career training? Florida lawmakers proposed, but did not approve, letting students substitute coding for foreign language or physical education courses required for a high school diploma. The […]

New Florida Report Tracks State College And University Graduate Earnings

Science degrees pay. And generally, the higher the degree one earns the more they can expect to be paid — even within their field. That’s two conclusions from a first-of-its-kind economic study of Florida’s college and university graduates. Lawmakers required the annual reports two years ago, part of a push to tie the state’s education […]

Conversation About The Cost Of College Starts In Florida

NPR has started a series of conversations about paying for the rising cost of college. For their first interview, NPR spoke with David Sherker, a student at Coral Reef High School in Miami, and his family. President Barack Obama recently spoke at the school to encourage students to apply for federal financial aid and prod […]

Study: Not Going To College Will Cost You

The earnings gap between college graduates and those who only finish high school is growing, according to a new report this week from the Pew Research Center. The median income of a high school graduate in 2013 was about two-thirds that of a college graduates the same year. In 1979, the median income of a […]

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