Workshop Description

Life After High School: Navigating Education, Career, and Debt (Southwest Virginia)

Young peoples’ small choices may have big effects. Give your students the knowledge, resources and a solid decision-making framework to make prudent choices about education, training, and career and how to manage any associated costs.

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University of Virginia’s College at Wise Center for Economic Education

Apr 28, 2023 - May 14, 2023
Friday, April 28th from 5 pm - 8 pm, In-Person
April 29th - May 14th , Deadline to complete virtual assignments

Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 6 (3 hours synchronous, in-person & 3 hours asynchronous via Google Classroom)


Today’s high school student faces life-changing decisions. The first is whether or not to pursue a college degree or some other education credential. Twenty years ago this was also an important decision, but then it didn’t carry the urgency or the complexity that it does today.

The cost of college has risen substantially, and fewer families have saved for the total cost. This year’s graduates are the most indebted class ever. For many college graduates, the income they earn is not sufficient to enable them to easily repay their loans. Even worse, too many students drop out—leaving them with the debt but not the diploma.

But the cost of not going to college or pursuing another credential is also very high. The average college grad earns $1.19 million over the course of a career—almost double that of someone with only a high school diploma.   Students need to recognize there are other educational options beyond a high school diploma with varying degrees of costs which may also offer a higher earnings potential  (e.g. industry credential, military, employer provided program.)


This event is jam-packed with interactive, classroom-ready resources covering topics students need to understand to gain the skills necessary to thrive after graduation. These include decision-making skills; investing in yourself; choosing a path post-graduation: college, another education avenue, or career; choosing a college and a major; paying for higher education–loans, grants and scholarships; managing money; and controlling debt.

The resources highlighted in this program are not only for classroom teachers, but also counselors and other professionals who advise middle and high school students.


Attendees will choose whether to attend this spectacular event at either Skyline National Bank in Wytheville or New Peoples Bank in Honaker.  Dinner will be provided.

NOTE: Once registered, participants will be sent an email asking which location they would like to choose to attend the in-person portion of the event.


Instructor: Zafar Khan, PhD, Director
Contact Person:
Zafar Khan, PhD, Director
Center for Economic Education
University of Virginia’s College at Wise

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