Author: Carla Crowe
Published: Monday, 21 Dec 2020
Strategic partnerships are instrumental to fulfilling the JA mission, and we’re honored to work with ECMC Group and Altierus Career College as we both aspire to help students achieve success! Their continued support as a local sponsor of JA Finance Park will help bring a modernized, virtual model of this flagship program to students across the greater Houston area this year. As partners in the mission to positively impact students, we are excited to share ECMC Group’s latest surveys of American teenagers conducted during 2020 (both pre-pandemic and during the pandemic) revealing that most teens believe higher education is key to future success but the paths they plan to take after high school differ from previous generations. The study’s results are featured in their “Question The Quo” campaign, developed to empower students to explore various options for higher education and choose a career path that’s right for them.
Students surveyed during this study ranged from 14-18 years old, often referred to as Generation Z or GenZ, and represent high school students in the United States. Additional study findings included that Gen Z is concerned about student loan debt, believes COVID will impact the future of learning, puts passion over profits, believe a skills-based education makes sense in today’s world and remain confident in their future.
*6 out of 10 teens believe education after high school is important to their future success
*72% of teens said their top college worry is paying back student debt
*50% of teens are open to an educational path other than a 4-year degree
*74% of teens agreed that a skill-based (e.g. trade skills, nursing, STEM, etc.) education makes sense in today’s world
More statistics and data insights can be viewed at Question the Quo. We applaud ECMC Group’s efforts to raise awareness and promote students to meet their futures with confidence!