Film, much like literature, is a narration and a critique of culture. American culture has been both documented and influenced by film. Think about some expressions that emanated from film:
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Rhett Butler to Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind
“What we have here, is a failure, to communicate.” Warden to Luke in Cool Hand Luke
“Houston, we have a problem!” Jim Lovell to Mission Control in Apollo 13
And, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” Rod Tidwell to Jerry McGuire in Jerry McGuire.
These are examples of culture reflected in film. That last, is perhaps the most direct in this day and age, and the most applicable to our field.
A college education can be an expensive and empowering exercise. On the one hand, going to a high end college has advantages in terms of the people you meet, the networking, the engagement, and the name recognition. The college you select can have a great deal to do with your first job. After the first job, the academic credentials pale in comparison to the work you did on your last job.
On the other hand, a community college can provide you with an opportunity to get a quality education, however, it may not carry the name recognition that certain four-year colleges may have. However, the community college will not put you into debt, or if it does, it is minimal. The community college will generally accommodate a work schedule for you so you can remain financially solvent during your formal learning years.
And higher education matters. A Census Bureau study indicates that the individual graduating with a high school diploma earns approximately $1.2 million during a lifetime. On the other hand, an individual with an Associate’s Degree will earn $1.6 million. That is a $400,000 yield on an investment of approximately $10,000 dollars. Equally important, it sets you up for a Bachelor’s Degree which can yield another $500,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you are looking to earn $400,000 more in your lifetime, do you want to invest $10,000 or $50,000? It’s a relatively simple choice. Pursue the community college option, and then whether to move directly into the work force or to pursue a higher degree, and an employer will “Show me the money.”
Community college, and Salem Community College in particular, an Affordable, Quality, and Empowering Educational Opportunity.