SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah state senator says university degrees often provide few job prospects and saddle graduates with debt. Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson of Draper says technical college graduates, by contrast, find gainful employment almost immediately after finishing school. Stephenson was attempting to amend a higher education funding bill Tuesday to eliminate cuts in the initial budget to Utah’s technical colleges. The amendment did not pass. All of the initial budgets, which are being debated in the House and Senate this week, are being trimmed by 7 percent. Stephenson says many four-year degrees are “degrees to nowhere,” but students keep pursuing them because they are told otherwise. Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart of St. George says universitydegrees provide plenty of opportunity, but the real problem is manystudents do not finish college.
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