New Year’s Resolution: Earn a College Degree!

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If your New Year's Resolution is more about fattening your wallet than thinning your waistline, then University System of Ohio Chancellor Jim Petro has a suggestion for you. "Put 'Finish College' at the top of your 2012 New Year's Resolution list."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people who have earned an associate's degree will earn approximately $5,000 more annually than those with only a high school diploma.

Right now, there are several thousand well-paying jobs available in Ohio that continue to be unfilled because the potential workforce does not have the education they need to qualify for those positions.

Washington State Community College can provide the support needed to help you keep your resolution and finish college.

The state, including Washington State, maintains a robust credit transfer system. This means many courses and programs taken at one Ohio public institution will be recognized as equivalent credit at other Ohio public institutions. So even if you don't live near the college you attended 20 years ago, you can enroll in a college that is closer to where you are located now and complete your degree.

In 2010 and 2011, more than 40,000 students transferred within the University System of Ohio and saved an estimated $46.1 million by completing credit at a lower cost institution, such as a community college.

If you haven't started college yet, now is the time and Washington State can help. Completing your college education is a good resolution to put on your list. Keeping that resolution could help you accomplish some of those other resolutions, too, like "find a better job," "earn more money," "get organized," "get out of debt," "enjoy life more," and "learn something new."

Admissions and acceptance to Washington State is open to all potential students. Whether you're a new first-time student, incoming transfer student, former student, recent high school graduate, non-traditional, or a dislocated worker, Washington State maintains affordability and a multitude of programs that will work with your schedule and interests.

The winter quarter day classes start on January 3, with registration continuing up until January 9. Those needing a brush-up on their skills before entering college can also participate with the free 'Bridges to College Success' program that runs, each Tuesday and Thursday morning, from January 12 to March 16.

Those wanting to learn more can contact the Admissions Office at Washington State by calling 740.568.1900.

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