Easier Job Search Likely for College Graduates
July 07, 2011 | By Scott Waldman | Albany (NY) Times-Union | Link to article
The number of college graduates desperately searching for jobs throughout the summer will dwindle in the coming years, according to a new study. And that's not just because the economy is expected to grow.
While the number of high school graduates nationwide is expected to remain flat between 2010 and 2020, in New York it will decline by 15 percent, according to the report by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. The number is a reflection of an aging population.
And while the sour economy has some questioning the value of a college education, the numbers suggest that a degree will pay off in the near future. By 2018, the demand for college-educated workers will increase by 16 percent while those with a high school diploma will see a relatively flat job market.
New York will add 359,000 additional jobs for those with a higher education and just 137,000 for high school graduates and dropouts. Currently, those with a high school diploma have an unemployment rate a third higher than those with at least an associate's degree. By 2018, two-thirds of the jobs in the state will require some sort of postsecondary education or training.
Of course, this is cold comfort to recent graduates sending out dozens of resumes and sleeping in their childhood bedrooms. Perhaps they may rest a little easier knowing that their little brothers and sisters won't have such a hard time launching their careers.
Last chance for applications.
This is the time to apply for a charter school under the old, less stringent rules.
The State University of New York oversees half of the state's charter schools. The SUNY Charter School Institute has just six charter applications available under the former 2007 rules, which are more flexible than the new requirements that will be placed on charter applicants as a result of the 2010 law. The 2010 law increased the total number allowed from 200 to 460.
These could be valuable slots for the right charter group. They allow greater flexibility when it comes to facilities and school management and operations. For-profit entities can run these schools and can build facilities without having to first seeking approval from the state Education Department.
The institute is looking to increase the number of charter schools in areas where they have yet to flourish. That means New York City is out, as well as Albany and Troy, where more than 5 percent of students are enrolled in charters. Anyone looking to site a charter in a rural area, or a city like Schenectady might want to act now.