I am a true believer that success starts at home, and that few things are more powerful than the love of familia. In last week’s Education Wednesday, 2 College “Conversation” to Have with Yunior, I encouraged harnessing the power of family to build a culture of college, assemble a support network and nurture thoughts of higher education.
Our children mean the world to us, so doing our part to adequately prepare minority and Latino youngsters to lead prosperous lives remains a key priority in the classroom and at home. To keep the “college conversation” going, here are two more tips for stoking the dreams of college and future success.
Aundrea’s College “Conversation” Starter Tips Continued
1. Model College Expectations at Home
Ultimately, preparing students to succeed in college is about equipping them with essential life skills. The early expectations parents set–such as sharing in house work and prioritizing commitments—can help kids develop skills like time management and problem solving which complement academic readiness.
Life Skill Builders:
Help your student create a schedule to balance her school and home commitments as a lesson in time management.
Give a little space when conflicts arise. Encouraging your students to weigh the pros and cons of their problems will help develop independence and critical thinking skills.
Consider meaningful community service opportunities. Serving others is a great way to build a work ethic and practice teamwork.
2. Consider the Alternatives
While college is obtainable for all students, take time to consider whether college is the right fit for your student’s future goals. Non-college pathways to careers do exists, but are often given little attention.
Consider these alternatives to traditional 4-year college:
Associate’s degrees: While falling under the “college umbrella,” technical college remains an underutilized option for students to gain professional training, particularly in fast growing fields such as technology.
Extended training programs: Programs such as Ensuite and Parxis that offer a mix of work experience and arduous learning opportunities are innovative and equally useful alternatives to college degrees.
Entrepreneurial ventures: Starting a business can not only be a great pathway to success, but helps individuals hone crucial life skills including leadership abilities and critical thinking.
With the 2020 projection that 60% of all jobs will require an Associate’s degree or higher, education after high school is more important than ever to succeed.
Yet only 19% of Latinos in the workforce have met this milestone. For more minority and Latinos to beef up their technical credentials and ulitmately prosper, parents, teachers, students, and the community need to join forces to support students by modeling college expectations and exploring non-college options.
An education policy wonk at the Georgia Center of Opportunity, Aundrea Gregg holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School Of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Classical Civilizations and Political Science from Howard University. She also is a nail painting enthusiast and writer living in Atlanta, GA. Connect with Aundrea on Twitter or Google+.
Edited by: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.I’m really passionate about educational attainment among minorities so lookout for more tips in the future. In the meantime, please share advice on how you’ve established and kept “college conversation” going in your home.