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Iowa’s College Decision Day program represents a statewide initiative with the goal of recognizing high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encouraging younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. Inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day, College Decision Day reinforces that excellence in the classroom should get as much pomp and circumstance as athletics.
College Decision Day also emphasizes the importance college plays in a person’s life. In Iowa, nearly two-thirds of the top fifty fastest growing occupations require some type of formal training program or postsecondary education. Of the top fifty jobs in Iowa, with both high demand and high salaries, ninety-eight percent require postsecondary education. By 2020, research predicts that nearly seventy percent of all jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary education or training beyond high school. Every Iowa student should plan to complete some type of education beyond high school such as apprenticeships, certificates, associate degrees, or bachelor’s degrees.
Muscatine and West Liberty High Schools invite family, friends, and community members to join in celebrating students’ postsecondary plans during their respective College Decision Days. At both schools, school staff, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, and Aligned Impact Muscatine made this event possible.
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