This week, Chipper visited the University of California, Berkeley, the number one public university in the United States. Above is Chipper at Cal’s famous Campanile clock tower! Chipper really enjoyed his visit as he walked around campus and sat in on fun, yet interesting classes! He really understands and advocates the importance of higher education. Did you know that according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median weekly earnings in 2010 for high school graduates (age 25+) was $626, while the median for individuals with bachelor degrees (age 25+) was $1038? Moreover, BLS also reported that those with high school diplomas experienced a 10.3% unemployment rate in 2010, while the those with bachelor’s degrees experienced a 5.4% unemployment rate. In addition, those who have participated in higher education are more likely to have a wider array of career choices as well as being able to change careers more easily.
Not only does higher education play a role in financial and occupational stability, it also plays a pivotal role in social matters! Different studies have shown that people who have obtained higher educational degrees often lead good satisfied lives, and are therefore more likely to participate in social work and volunteering activities.
Chipper recognizes that funding higher education is hard work! But thankfully, there are many scholarships offered by the federal government, various corporations, and local clubs. Let’s Go Chipper for Higher Education!