Texans choose ‘brown jobs’ over college

Community college enrollment fell by 2 percent in Texas — and much more in areas with “brown jobs” in natural gas and oil, such as the Eagle Ford Shale region.

“It’s hard to keep a student in school to get their associate’s when they can go make $65,000 a year as a truck driver,” said Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

 

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  1. Deirdre Mundy says:

    If a student can make middle class wages without going to school, why should the get an associates degree? Eagle Ford is even commuting distance from San Antonio, so an enterprising young person could live in the city, work, and have money to go out drinking and dancing on the side! Or he could go into debt….

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    So what do you start out at with an associate’s degree?

  3. “It’s hard to keep a student in school to get their associate’s when they can go make $65,000 a year as a truck driver,”

    Why would you want to?

    This is where our perverse goal of college for all has taken us. The goal should be productive citizens, not college graduates.