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More college students choosing advance degrees over jobs

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  College campuses are getting more crowded as more students decide to continue their education over getting a job.

Darton College's enrollment in the last year has sky rocketed, it was up 16 percent for the fall term. With Georgia's unemployment rate still inching up, many students are realizing getting a job is tough so they're choosing to stay on that education track and transfer to get more than an associates degree.

The fine arts students that performed on the stage, long for bigger stages and audiences, but of the three graduates none of them have been looking for a job, instead they've been filling out more enrollment papers to further their degrees.

Allen Story knows a little bit about the power of money and a good job.

"Pay has a lot to do with it," said Allen Story, a soon to be graduate.

He sings about "greed" in his most recent performance and worries his associates degree in theater isn't enough to find a job.

"In think ten shows actually closed on Broadway because they could not financially run, they had to actually shut a lot of shows down," said Story.

He dreams of Broadway, but now has a back up plan, furthering his degree at Gainesville State.

"Just in case the whole performing arts doesn't work out I've always get the ability to teach it," said Story.

"Further education is definitely key to being successful but it's certainly not the only way to make a living," said Keith Walker, Darton College Associate Professor of Music.

All three Fine Arts graduates have opted to choose the classroom over the spotlight.

"Most of our students do tend to transfer to four year institutions for further education," said Walker.

It's not a final bow for Allen and while he gets nervous before each performance, at least for now he's not nervous about finding a job.

Darton College students aren't alone, almost 40 percent of the nation's 18- to 24-year-olds in the last year were enrolled in college, breaking a record. That surge was driven up by students enrolled at a community colleges.

Georgia's unemployment rate of 10.2 percent is double what it was two years ago. Georgia's unemployment rate of 10.2 percent is double what it was two years ago.


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