High School Graduates Earn 48% of College Graduate Average Wages

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Each year, the Arizona Board of Regents produces a report on wages earned by graduates within the Arizona university system. These universities include Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. According to the report, high school graduates are earning 48% of college graduate average wages.

Specifically, a high school graduate earns a median wage of $27,708. However, a college graduate earns nearly double that, making $53,091 a year.

College graduates see more benefits that extend past earning higher wages. According to an article from USA Today, those without a college degree are less likely to have a job (in many cases), get married, own a home, or move in search of better opportunities.

In many cases, students aren’t actively choosing to forego a college education—they simply can’t afford to go. In an article from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, they state that low-income students cannot afford to attend 95% of colleges in the United States.

Though it may be difficult to address the drastic difference in wages, we can start by helping more high school students realize their dreams of going to college, no matter what their economic background is.

At ASU Prep Digital, full-time Arizona high school students can take college courses through Arizona State University for free. Part-time students can also take college courses, at a discounted rate.

We are determined to put students on an accelerated path toward university admission and careers of the future, and are committed to providing them with the tools they need to unlock their full potential.

Give your child a head start today.

Half of Arizona High School Graduates Aren’t Attending College

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The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) has released new data showing that half of Arizona high school graduates aren’t attending college. In a report on college enrollment and completion released by ABOR, it states that 71,337 students graduated from Arizona high schools in 2017 and 33,812 of them chose not to go on and receive a post-secondary education.

The biggest question is why. Stay tuned for our analysis and how we’re helping to solve the problem. Check out the rest of the report here.


Top 5 Summer Programs for High Schoolers in Arizona

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Arizona Summer Programs for High School Students

In today’s future-focused world, high school summers are now seen as opportunities to rack up college credits and build skills, rather than to lounge on the couch. As the emphasis on a student’s personal journey expands, so do the options for immersive summer programs that keep students active while delivering some serious fun.

Lucky for students in Arizona, there are plenty of in-state summer programs that focus on nearly every area of study and combine interactive learning with one-of-a-kind experiences. Here are our top five picks for students in Arizona looking for cool summer activities:

iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps combine unique STEM courses with fun summer activities to create week-long summer camps held at colleges and universities around the world. This summer, Arizona State University will host several iD Tech Camp programs. You can choose from more than 50 camp programs covering specific courses in coding, design, game development, and robotics. The interactive, hands-on courses are taught by leading STEM educators and class time is interspersed with awesome summer camp activities, like swimming, hiking, and frisbee.

ASU’s Digital Culture Summer Institute

This program will engage the left and right sides of your brain in ways you never thought possible! The Digital Culture Summer Institute combines the artistic and technical sides of learning into short, fast-paced and hands-on courses that explore everything from digital sound design and video editing to game coding and 3D printing. You’ll get to work directly with ASU professors and grad students, and will have access to state-of-the-art technology to bring it all together. If you’re interested in using technology in a creative field, then this is the perfect way to spend a week of your summer.

Summer Experience at West

This ASU Summer Enrichment Experience is geared toward college prep and experiential learning. The three-day program, held on ASU’s campus in Glendale, is all about collaboration. You’ll join an interactive learning community centered around a theme—this year’s options include “Psychology and Music” and “Bio-Sustainability”—where you and your fellow students can take part in seminars, presentations, and college major explorations led by both ASU students and faculty. Not only does this program give you a taste of how to succeed in a college learning environment, but it also may introduce you to future college friends!

Young Writers Institute

If you crush it in English class and plan on studying the humanities in college, this tuition-free, three-week program at the University of Arizona is a great way to boost your writing skills. You’ll work with UA faculty to build confidence and fluency in your academic writing through project-based writing workshops with other students. The program is interactive, collaborative, and includes some cool excursions. Click here for details on how to apply.

UA Summer Law Program

Is the courtroom in your future? It’s never too early to start preparing for law school, and University of Arizona’s five-day intensive exploration of law theory and practice is a great way to take a deep dive into the legal world. You’ll learn how to develop effective lawyering skills from preeminent attorneys and professors before applying your knowledge in interactive workshops led by UA law students. It all culminates in a mock trial held at the Tucson courthouse. How cool is that? Check out how to apply here!

If you’d like to learn more about Arizona summer programs, don’t hesitate to tune in on the ASU Prep Digital Facebook page.