Thanks to the benefit of having a college degree, my wages are approximately $10,000 more yearly than the job I was performing prior to returning to school. For the first time since the birth of my children I will have the money and the actual benefit of paid vacation time to take us all on a family vacation. I have since become a first time home owner, and we have purchased a long overdue newer vehicle, and my kids and I have some security along with medical insurance and retirement. I can hold my head high and know that I set a proper example for my children as to what it takes to achieve your goals, and the fact that they too cam do it if they really want to and make the proper choices and work hard. The payoff in the long run is worth the sacrifices.1
1From testimony given to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support on April 22, 2010 by Shauna King‐Simms, Director, KCTCS Transitions Programs.