This school year, 6.4 percent of Oregon kindergartners were exempted from at least one required vaccination, up from 5.8 percent last year. The median nonmedical exemption rate for kindergartners in the U.S. was 1.2 percent for the 2011-2012 school year, the most recent period for which national data was available, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are some pockets in the state where parents don't believe vaccinations protect their kids and they choose alternative treatments instead. Those kinds of beliefs have raised concerns that Oregon children aren't being adequately protected. On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to get nonmedical exemptions from vaccines for their children.
Experience Or Education: Which One Lands You The Job?
Not so fast - college debt is on the rise , with many college graduates struggling to pay their ballooning student loans. The cost of a one year of tuition at a private college runs over $29,000, with public college setting you back about $8,600, plus opportunity costs. Consider your career field, the college's reputation and your finances carefully before committing. Solutions So what to do if you lack education or experience? For college grads, interning offers a great opportunity to get that experience and show you're willing to invest into your career. Likewise, volunteering can give you a resume boost; look for positions that will give you the experience you need, even if it's not in your field. If your resume lacks in education credits but you can't commit to a four-year degree, look at taking classes in your field to show that you're investing in your career and thinking ahead; technology skills are always in demand, and many (public) colleges offer online classes and certificates.