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Blog:Education is Greater than College

Manny Becerra as a child

March 2007

There are many people that have the privilege and opportunity to access higher education; whether or not they wish to pursue higher education is another story. There are also many people that cannot access higher education even though it's something they absolutely want to do.

As someone who sits on hiring committees, I often wonder how much talent and potential we miss out on because we screen out, for instance, individuals that haven't gone through a formal bachelor's program. This is short-sighted of us as a whole.

Regardless of where one is at in the spectrum of opportunity and privilege, we should never stop the pursuit of an education whether or not we're in a formal college setting, or, for that matter, if we can't get into college. And, if you're in a position to hire individuals, try not to overlook candidates that don't fall into the "normal" avenue of learning a skillset.

As someone who sits on hiring committees at the community college, I often wonder how much talent and potential we, by extension our students, miss out on because we screen out, for instance, individuals that haven't gone through a formal bachelors program. This is short-sighted of us as a whole. I also believe (and hope) that as technology advances and access to technology widens to more people, particularly poor and minority communities, more and more people will find ways to learn, share knowledge, and gain skills. And, this doesn't and shouldn't make their skills any less valuable because it was gained outside of an institution that is designed to gatekeep people's full potential in society.

If you're in a position to hire individuals, try not to overlook candidates that don't fall into the "normal" avenue of learning a skillset.

Learn on.

Manny


I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny