Get Schooled and Get Paid

By: Jen Wright

We often hear that more education equals better paying jobs — but what does that really mean?

According to the Bureau of Labor, in 2016 the unemployment rate for people without a high school diploma or GED was 8%. Among high school grads and GED earners, unemployment rate was reduced to 5.7%. For those with an associate’s degree, the unemployment rate was 4%.

So people with a diploma are more likely to be employed. What about money in the pocket?

More education usually equals better paying jobs, but it doesn’t have to be a 4-year college program. You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to earn more.

Consider the Earn and Learn Program, part of the Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council. It provide union- and employer-sponsored apprenticeship programs for hundreds of applicants per year. It offers 3–5 year apprenticeships for trades such as carpentry, cement masonry, electrical, roofing, and insulation.

Requirements vary with each program; for some you don’t need a high-school diploma. After completion of the apprenticeship program, you can earn $24-40 hourly, plus benefits.

The Earn and Learn Program is compatible with the GI Bill, which provides a stipend in addition to the program’s standard benefits.

Earn and Learn Program: 513.281.6924