Training programs are welcome, but let’s not overlook the benefits of a bachelor’s degree

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Training programs are welcome, but let’s not overlook the benefits of a bachelor’s degree

As the public grows more skeptical of the value of a college degree, career and professional training has become a popular alternative. Indeed, it is long past time for Americans to recognize the value of training programs in the labor market.

But we must not lose sight of the fact that a bachelor’s degree is still the most reliable route to the middle class.

Despite the value of the bachelor’s degree, there is widespread concern about the high cost of college and the growing student debt burden. Only half of all Americans think that the benefits of college outweigh the costs according to a recent survey from Public Agenda. Notably, college undergraduate enrollment dropped 7 percent between 2019 and 2022.

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