Legacy 2015 South Florida: Top Black Educators Issue - Page 13

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 By Zach Rinkins AN INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT BY MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP TO THE SUN SENTINEL Atlantic Technical College Offers Four Reasons to Cash-in on Vocational Careers Once thought by some as second-class career options, the current economic climate is encouraging others to take a second look at vocational technical opportunities. ATC students in Electronic Technology program According to a recent Edvisors report, the average class of 2015 graduate, with student-loan debt, will have to pay back a little more than $35,000. Additionally, a Generation Opportunity study revealed that 13.8-percent of recent grads are unemployed, compared to the 5.4-percent national unemployment rate. These data reveal at least two trends that many people already knew: 1) certain college programs are not always worth the possible lingering debt; and 2) college is not an automatic path to the American Dream. “Our institution offers more than 75 different high-wage occupational programs to the public