While maintaining wage and job growth in the private sector is key, Marcus Hiles notes that political agendas also need to promote educational opportunities which empower students. The Programme for International Student Assessment ranked U.S. school children in the middle of the international pack for math and science, with reporting from the Pew Research Center scoring 36th and 28th out of 65 countries assessed. While politicians have been denouncing the placements and demanding better education for decades, new policies must push more children to study math and science at the university level, ultimately; The U.S. Department of Education notes that, “only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a [science, technology, engineering or math] career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics.” Though some change in learning standards and curriculum should be instituted as early as grades K-6, teenagers completing high school need better options for obtaining trade skills that equip them for work in the construction and health care industries. Many predict that the next presidential administration makes good on promises to offer a more prominent role for community colleges in the economy, with career paths in commercial real estate and the house building industry readily available to students working toward work in development and infrastructure improvement.

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