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Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

March 8, 2012
Marc Antosch , The Maui Weekly

We've all heard that education is priceless. But just how priceless is it? The fact is, education does have a price tag.

Currently, one out of every four Hawai'i high school students will drop out. Maui students who drop out before graduating can expect to make $10,000 a year less than a high school graduate.

The fact is, just by finishing high school, a graduate's income shoots up by 60 percent compared to that of someone who drops out, and increases by over 300 percent after completing a bachelor's degree.

Over a lifetime, high school graduates are estimated to make a total of $1.2 million. You can almost double that amount to $2.1 million by getting a bachelor's degree. Completing a master's degree may earn you an additional $400,000 with a lifetime income totaling $2.5 million. Now that's some serious cash!

The benefits of education do not stop there. Studies show that higher education has a direct effect on increased life expectancy and healthier lifestyles--not to mention all the benefits of gained knowledge, expanded skill sets and talents acquired along the way.

So, it's a no-brainer. It is way cool to stay in school!

Since the building blocks of education begin at such a young age and continue for a lifetime, it is imperative to become a lifelong learner. The earlier one starts, the better the chance for lasting results.

For kids in grades four through six, a fantastic place to enhance learning (while having fun) is the College for Kids/College Bound at EdVenture at the University of Hawai'i Maui College.

This upcoming weeklong program from March 12 to 16 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will focus on poetry, pets and pals. Learn all about pets, writing poetry, drawing and hip hop dancing while getting a taste of college and possible career choices.

For more information about EdVenture's programs and classes, call 984-3231 or visit


You can reach Marc Antosch, Academic Support/Educational Specialist/Program Promotions/Creative Designer for EdVentures, Office of Continuing Education and Training, University of Hawai'i Maui College at or (808) 984-3460.



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