In a recent Omnitrak People’s Pulse Survey, a majority of Hawaii residents agreed that college degree is imperative in today’s world. However, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that a whopping 56 percent of Hawai‘i’s residents in 2013 did not earn such credentials.
Of these, 22 percent were living in poverty, according to Pew Research Center statistics.
The figures dramatically improve for Millennials who have completed a college degree program: Only 15 percent of associate degree holders and 6 percent of bachelor’s degree holders live below the poverty line. In fact, the average American with a bachelor’s degree in 2013 enjoyed 70 percent higher wages than those who held only a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more >>
(Kapi‘o Staff Writer: SueAnne Juskowich | photo src: UH Foundation)