We must reap what we sow

Published 1:22am Wednesday, February 29, 2012

When we export college graduates to other communities, we categorically capitulate to the competition of human and intellectual capitals. Investing in education is equated to planting a seed for which a harvest is expected.

During harvest, filtering or sifting becomes essential so that profitable and edible are kept as assets and return on investment. It is a blessing that this area has colleges like Concordia College, Selma University, Wallace Community College and Judson College. Some who attended schools outside the area, for personal reasons, should be lured to this area as a return on investment.

The recruitment of college graduates is becoming extremely competitive with the realization that the communities with lower than average educational attainments are being swallowed by communities with average and above educational attainment. It is a proven fact.

The truth remains there are factors in a community that attract or make college students remain in the area they graduated from. I know quality of life is a factor. These young individuals are drawn to sound recreational activities like nice movie theaters, shopping centers, parks, restaurants, churches, and more.

While these factors are important, the most important by far is a job. Without a dollar through the availability of job, college graduates or other assets are unlikely to stay or come.

Cost of living, which I believe is considerable in Selma, is another factor that draws people. Peace, which we are all responsible for, and political stability are factors that can exert a pull on any person to a place. Established organizations in Selma should be more open to internship for their graduates. It is a proven fact that more than 63 percent of graduates who interned in a particular place decide to stay in the area.

Education and economic development need each other in order to ensure the stream of prosperity flows steadily.

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