As a recent senior administrator in the Office of the President at the University of Georgia, I have seen first hand how education can impact generations of Georgians. In order for the State of Georgia to continue to thrive, we must have an educated work force.
By 2025, it is estimated that over 60% of jobs in Georgia will require either a certificate, associates, or bachelors degree. Presently, less than 50% of our state’s young adults are prepared on that level. If we want the State of Georgia to continue to be the top state in the country to do business, we must have an educated work force.
Toward that end, I am recommending a Georgia High School College and Career Readiness Pilot Program. This pilot program will not increase the bureaucratic structure of our education system. In fact, it will do the exact opposite. Our program will increase the amount of high school advisors that are available to help our young people be better prepared to seek a vocation or a post secondary education while training our future educators who are seeking a future in the field of education.
More specifically, our program will allow graduating seniors from accredited colleges across our state to work side by side with high school counselors to provide better advising for the students of our state. This will help the workload of the counselor while providing work experience our college seniors who will soon enter the workforce.
Current state of our education system:
According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the recommended ratio is 250 students for every one counselor to achieve maximum program effectiveness.
According to the most recent data, the average ratio among k-12 schools is 450 students per 1 counselor.
Students that meet with advisers are:
- 40% more likely to apply to at least one college
- 37% more likely to apply for a scholarship
We must do more to ensure that our students have a pathway to good paying jobs which will help every community across the State of Georgia.