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Skipping college and enrolling in the real world

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This is the time of year when high school seniors across the country are checking the mail obsessively, hoping the mail man has that all-important, life-altering piece of paper: the acceptance letter to their dream school.

However, not everyone is paying attention to the mailbox. A growing share of high school graduates are choosing not to enroll in higher education. A third of all 2012 graduates were not enrolled in a college or university in October — the highest rate since 2006, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of the 50,000 school-aged children in Minneapolis, over half are from households that struggle financially. Perhaps this is one reason more high school grads are skipping college, because it just doesn't seem worth the money anymore. Incurring college debt is a very scary reality for young men and women, and prompts several important questions: Does a college degree even guarantee success like it used to? Are those who don't have one worse off than those who do? How can they be better prepared for education beyond high school? What emerging trends in the education world are being utilized to better prepare kids for life after high school? 

Guest Jon Bacal is one of 20 recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as winners of the Next Generation Learning Challenges which identifies breakthrough school models. He will explain the down tick in college enrolment and explore several of the major causes leading kids away from a college degree.

Jon Bacal is Chief Entrepreneurship Officer and Founder and Megan Zlatos is a Founding Teacher-Leader of Venture Academy: A "Next Generation" middle-high school opening this August in Minneapolis. Watch the video for more information.

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