H.S. Grads Going To College: Oregon Students Trailing National Numbers

, Posted: Tue, June 11 2013 at 4:10 AM, Updated: Tue, June 11 2013 at 12:32 PM

New numbers out reveal an alarming trend among Oregon high school graduates.  Many are choosing not to attend college. 

NBC5's Laura Cavanaugh has the story on how the Beaver State stacks up against the national numbers.

The National Student Clearinghouse reports Oregon grads are falling below the national average and the state's targeted goal of 80% when it comes to going to college after graduation.  Just 61% of the Class of 2011 enrolled in higher education, compared to 68% nationally.  But that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Many say they worry about how those statistics bode for Oregon's workforce, suggesting it will likely relegate them to low-paying jobs.

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