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Issues in Higher Education

Job Prospects for Post Secondary Education

EMCC Career & Transfer Center

With the need rising for a degree, more people are going back to school to secure their future. However, finding a job after graduation fills many college students with anxiety.

Students spend four or more years working towards their degree and sometimes graduate wondering where they’ll turn next. According to The Associated Press, “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.”

Finding Work upon Graduation

Job Prospects

Graduation is what every student awaits after all the long hours of studying, tests, and homework. Students are full of excitement, pride, and, currently, fear about the economy.

This fear is fueled by articles like the one by Hope Yen in the Huffington Post, which was entitled, “In Weak Job Market, One in Two College Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed.”

Preparation Reduces Long Wait Times in Advisement

Preparation Reduces Long Wait Times in Advisement

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students can expect to spend more time at Komatke Hall than they would like. The wait to see an advisor currently takes upwards of an hour due to students walking in without preparing for the meeting.

EMCC is a growing campus and according to Linda Scott, Director of Career and Education Planning, the ratio of students per advisor is about 850 to one which has led to long wait times to see an advisor.

MCCCD Raises Tuition

MCCCD Tuition Increased

Following in the wake of a dramatic reduction in state funding, the cost of tuition for Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students was raised $5 per credit hour, taking the cost of a credit from $76 to $81. The 6.5 percent increase was passed almost unanimously by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) governing board.

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