By: Nia Gray
According to the Department of Education, the cost of college tuition in America from 1980-2014 grew by nearly 260%. The ballooning cost of college tuition has left Americans who are not as financially comfortable wondering if a college education is necessary for them to be successful in life.
Despite the few success stories of Americans who did not complete college, a college education in America is key to opening up opportunities for an individual to be successful in life.
Those who claim that a college education is not necessary to open up opportunities for an individual to be successful in life often use people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to prove their point. However, in a 2005 commencement speech he gave at Stanford University Steve Jobs said, “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”
Because Steve Jobs took a calligraphy class in college, he was able to successfully incorporate what he learned about typography in the design of the Mac computer, which is an opportunity that he would not have had if he never went to college.
In addition, while it is true that Americans without a college education can find a job, their job opportunities are limited compared to an American with a college education. As stated in a new report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, of the 11.6 million jobs created after the Great Recession, 8.4 million went to Americans with at least a bachelor’s degree.
Even though there are other routes you can take opposed to going to college, a college education in America is necessary to opening up opportunities for an individual to be successful in life. Even Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, said “Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success.”