skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

4 dead as severe storms hit Houston, TX; Election Protection Program eases access to voting information; surge in solar installations eases energy costs for Missourians; IN makes a splash for Safe Boating Week.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court rules funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is okay, election deniers hold key voting oversight positions in swing states, and North Carolina lawmakers vote to ban people from wearing masks in public.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Americans are buying up rubber ducks ahead of Memorial Day, Nebraskans who want residential solar have a new lifeline, seven community colleges are working to provide students with a better experience, and Mississippi's "Big Muddy" gets restoration help.

Research Aims to Close Hispanic College Information Gap

play audio
Play

Wednesday, October 14, 2015   

AUSTIN, Texas - Hispanics have a new tool for choosing a college degree that can translate into higher earnings in the workplace, thanks to three new publications in Spanish from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Anthony Carnevale, the center's director, said getting just any college degree is no longer a guarantee of economic success.

"What's different now is what you make depends on what you take, depends on your field of study," he said. "So it's not just about getting the degree, it's what's your major, what's your field of study - and that's the real lesson in this."

Carnevale said an increasing number of Hispanics are going to college, but most are not enrolling in the highest-paying majors. More than one in five selected International Business, the most popular major - with earnings averaging $51,000 a year. Only 6 percent of Hispanics chose pharmaceutical degrees with $90,000 salaries.

Bethany Boggess, research director for the Texas-based Workers Defense Project, called the publications a lifeline for Hispanic families. She pointed to the center's research showing college graduates with the highest-paying majors can earn $3.4 million more than students who choose the lowest-paying majors.

"But it's not in one of the higher-paying fields that you're going to end up earning far less over a lifetime," she said. "We still have a lot of work to do here in Texas because only 62 percent of Latinos here graduated from high school and just 12 percent actually have a college degree."

Carnevale agreed that Hispanics are not getting the support they need and noted the quality of college counseling is especially poor in minority and low-income communities across the United States. He said he's hopeful the new publications will help families navigate what he calls an explosion of post-secondary education options.

"There's almost more information than people can handle because the variety of different kinds of awards and degrees has grown so much," he said. "So people really need detailed information, and that's what we try to provide."

All three publications are available at the center's website: cew.georgetown.edu. The English version is here and the Spanish version is here.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
About 7.4 million adults take insulin, a hormone regulating glucose and used to treat diabetes patients. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

More than 1 million people in North Carolina are diabetic and they have become increasingly worried about the national shortage of insulin. The …


Environment

play sound

Missouri homes and businesses have installed enough solar energy to power 68,000 homes each year. A new report released by the Solar Energy …

Social Issues

play sound

Workforce watchers project the country could face critical worker shortages in many of the skilled trades in coming years. The Nebraska Winnebago …


If power grid operators cannot change the interconnection process in time, data show around 80% of the emissions reductions expected from the Inflation Reduction Act might not happen. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

A new rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could improve Virginia's electric grid transmission capacity. It requires utilities and …

Social Issues

play sound

Surrounded by states banning nearly all abortions, its legalization in New Mexico has made the state a top place to travel for the procedure and a …

Ohio became the 24th state to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2023. (Konstiantyn Zapylaie/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

This week, Ohio approved adult-use marijuana sales as part of a 2023 ballot measure, with sales anticipated to start mid-June. Ohioans age 21 and …

Social Issues

play sound

The Nevada state primary is coming up June 11 and one voting-rights group wants to make sure all Nevadans have the information they need to make their…

Social Issues

play sound

The Beaverton School District is blazing a trail in early education through bilingual learning labs, which emphasize playful inquiry and habits of …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021