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College Signing Day 2018

by go Inspo | 10 months ago

Today is the 5th Annual College Signing Day.  An initiative started by Michelle Obama and her Reacher Higher initiative to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

At goInspo we always try to identify the why most importantly before the who, the what, and the how.  As explained by the Better Make Room – Reacher Higher website itself, please see below:

WHY: Today, to achieve the “American Dream” more students must take on education past high school.  Not only do three-quarters of the jobs in the 21st century require education and training beyond a high school diploma, but the average worker with a bachelor’s degree will earn approximately $1 million more than a worker who only has a high school diploma over the course of a lifetime. Once first in the world in college completion, the U.S. has fallen to 12th finding itself falling behind in the race to educate our children and its ability to be competitive in today’s global economy.

WHO: Through a combination of this college completion challenge and former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s personal experience as a first-generation college student, in 2014 Mrs. Obama stepped in to launch the Reach Higher initiative to inspire every student, especially first-generation and low income students, to take charge their future and complete an education past high school.

HOW: Reach Higher seeks to help every student navigate the college-going process by: (1) reaching students where they are at and celebrating their success on social media and through flagship events like College Signing Day; (2) raising awareness about helpful college access tools like FAFSA and Up Next and resources; and (3) enhancing student support systems by building the capacity of the school counseling profession.

Today, 2,000 events are taking place all over the U.S. and the importance of an education after high school is being honored, as it should be.

To see Michelle Obama speak about today’s events, check out the video below:

Are you or someone you know celebrating College Signing Day?  Let us know!

Image Courtesy of twitter.com/MichelleObama